The Georgia State Patrol has reported that three girls were hit by a car and injured, one seriously, early Tuesday while walking along Maxham Road in Douglas County. The accident occurred at 1:30 a.m., and all three girls are juveniles according to authorities.
One was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, one to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, and the third was treated locally, according to the GSP.
The driver of the car was 22-year-old Crystal Marshall of Chicago. She was arrested and taken to the Douglas County Jail on numerous charges, including driving under the influence, serious injury by vehicle, driving too fast for conditions, having slick tires and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
A witness told authorities that the girls were walking in the travel lane of the road at the time of the crash, and one of the girls told the state trooper they were walking to a nearby store.
The circumstances of this accident are alarming in many ways. The driver obviously had no business on the road, but the girls also were not in a safe location for walking at night. Alpharetta accident lawyer David Van Sant works with accident victims, and he says that accident reconstruction and depositions from all concerned will be needed to determine the extent of blame, but the arrest of the driver definitely gives cause for reason to believe the accident could have been avoided if the driver had been clean and sober.
Walking on the road is never a good idea, but in areas where there are no sidewalks, pedestrians may have no choice. Victims of accidents like this need the services of a competent personal injury attorney. David Van Sant is an Alpharetta attorney who works with insurance companies, law enforcement agencies, medical service providers and the courts to ensure that the victim’s medical needs are taken care of first. Then he goes after those who are to blame for injuries to others.
For more information, contact the Law Offices of David Van Sant.