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Hit-and-run driver causes fatal accident leaving 1 dead

Hit-and-run drivers are easier to find nowadays with improved database storage and retrieval systems. Also, bystanders and witnesses are always a helpful factor. In a Georgia fatal accident that left one dead and three injured, Georgia State Police are now searching for the whereabouts of the one man who was at fault in causing the crash. He's a hit-and-run driver who appears to have caused the wreckage, personal injury and loss of life.

The absconded vehicle was operating southbound on GA Highway 219 about 2 miles south of GA 18 in Harris County. GA 219 is also known as Whitesville Road. A witness described the at-fault vehicle as a small gray car, possibly a Suzuki, which was driven by a younger white male with a short haircut.

The witness stated that the gray vehicle crossed the centerline and headed into oncoming traffic. This forced a northbound 2003 Lincoln Aviator to swerve to avoid a collision. The Lincoln left the roadway to the east, and then came back on the roadway, crossed the centerline and was hit by a 2004 Kia Spectra.

The Kia was driven by a 20-year-old West Point man who died from the crash. The three passengers suffering personal injury were not identified and it's unknown which vehicles they occupied. However, all three injured passengers have personal injury claims against the at-fault driver should he be found.

Under Georgia law, the estate of the dead victim in this fatal accident has a wrongful death action for monetary damages against the at-fault driver. If the at-fault driver is not found or had no insurance, the decedent's estate would have to turn to its own auto insurance policy to collect uninsured motorist's coverage in the amount purchased by the decedent. The same is true for the passengers who suffered injuries: they must each look to their own policies for coverage if the at-fault driver did not have coverage or is not found.

Source: wtvm.com, "Georgia State Patrol searching for small, gray car at fault for," Christina Kleehammer, July 3, 2013

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