A woman from North Carolina is facing charges following an accident in Savannah that resulted in the death of a 21-year-old man. The accident in Savannah occurred on Wednesday, June 23rd, on Dean Forest Road. The crash report revealed reckless driving as the cause of the accident.
According to the press release by the Savannah Police Department, the preliminary investigation conducted by the Traffic Investigation Unit revealed the woman drove a 2003 Ford Expedition. The driver, identified as Laura Davis, 38, of Gandy, N.C., was southbound on Dean Forest Road near Old Louisville Road around 9 p.m.
The police said Davis’s vehicle entered the northbound lanes and struck a 1998 Chevrolet 400 pickup. The driver of the pickup, Jacob Wheeler, died as a result of his injuries. The woman received non-life-threatening injuries as medics transported her to the hospital.
A 1-year-old child in the Ford was uninjured. The SPD said upon her release from the hospital, they will book Davis into the Chatham County Jail on charges of vehicular homicide. She is also facing reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane. The TIU is investigating the crash.
Motor vehicle accidents happen for several reasons; one is failure to maintain lane or illegal lane change. When a driver recklessly abandons their lane, they will be liable for any injury or property damage. It means that even if they face a criminal charge, they will still face a civil lawsuit.
In the latter, they will pay compensatory damages to the victim. If the driver gets sentenced during the criminal charge, then the civil action will most likely succeed also. This is because it’s the same body of evidence that would be admissible.
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