The Georgia State Patrol say that charges are likely to be filed against the driver of a Lincoln Aviator involved in a fatal accident in Laurens County on the evening of Nov. 25. Initial reports indicate that the SUV ignored a stop sign at the intersection of Holliday Road and Scotland Road just seconds before a 15-year-old girl was thrown from the vehicle and killed.
According to a GSP report, the Aviator was preceding westbound on Holliday Road when it was struck by a Ford F-150 pickup truck that had been traveling southbound on Scotland Road at about 7:00 p.m. The four occupants of the Ford were transported to a nearby hospital with what were described as minor injuries. They were treated and released according to media reports.
The Aviator had six occupants including four children under the age of 17 when it crashed. All of the children were ejected by the force of the collision. One of the children was transported to an area trauma center with critical injuries. The rest of the Aviator’s surviving occupants were taken to the hospital. Initial reports suggest that the children were not properly restrained at the time of the accident. The crash is being investigated by the GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.
Parents may pursue wrongful death claims when children are killed in car accidents caused by negligent drivers, but determining damages in this kind of litigation can be a thorny issue. This is because wrongful death damages are based largely on lost income. In these situations, experienced personal injury attorneys may consult with teachers, athletic coaches and other mentors in order to better understand the victim and convey their true potential to the jury.
Source: WMAZ, Teenager killed, 9 others injured in Laurens County car accident, Pepper Baker, Nov. 27, 2018Source: The Jeff Davis Ledger, Jeff Davis teen dies in Laurens County accident, Editor’s report, Nov. 28, 2018