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1 Killed, Others Injured in Car Wreck

Life truly can change in an instant, as the old saying goes. A group of young people learned this lesson in a tragic way earlier this month. A car with four people inside ran a stop sign in Bartow County. The 17-year-old driver sped through the intersection at GA 20 and Burnt Hickory Connector, smashing into an SUV. While most of the passengers suffered some level of injury, the passenger in the seat behind the driver was killed.

Witnesses to the accident stopped to help all six people involved. The first went to the SUV, but the couple only seemed to suffer minor injuries. So, they then shifted their attention to the car. The driver and the passenger in the front seat were both unconscious; the driver suffered a major head injury. The passenger in the back right passenger seat was the only one who was conscious in the car after the accident. But, he was not uninjured.

The mother of the passenger who was killed said she forgives the driver, and that she hopes no other family experiences this kind of tragedy. According to family members, the group of friends were visiting a local lake that day. There are no reports thus far if alcohol or drugs or other factors like distraction were considered causes of the accident, and at this time there are no criminal charges pending. The family of the killed passenger has set up a GoFundMe account to assist with related expenses.

From fender benders to serious crashes, car wrecks can result in any number of injuries, from soft tissue injuries like whiplash and lacerations to serious head trauma to even wrongful death. If you are injured in a car wreck, such as one caused by distracted driving, in Atlanta, contact the attorneys at Hawkins Spizman Fortas today for a free consultation.

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