Some people believe that their reckless behavior behind the wheel only affects themselves. However, sometimes other people can lose their lives or see them irreversibly changed as a result of a stranger’s negligence or intentionally unlawful behavior.
An 18-year-old woman and an infant died due to an accident in Atlanta, Georgia, on a recent Wednesday evening in which a vehicle traveling at extremely high speeds crashed into theirs as well as two other vehicles. The woman died at the scene, while the infant died later at the hospital.
No information is available about the age or gender of the infant, only that he or she sustained critical injuries that later caused the infant’s death at the hospital. Another occupant of the vehicle was the sister of the woman who died. She is in stable condition at the hospital.
Two other passengers also required hospitalization and are in stable condition per report. It is not clear whether all those hospitalized occupied the same vehicle since there were two others struck in the high-speed collision.
The car that caused the accident was one of two that authorities identified traveling extremely fast on Interstate 75 for reasons that remain unclear. It reached a speed in excess of 120 miles per hour before authorities caught up with it. The driver refused to pull over, exiting instead onto 17th Street and striking the three other vehicles at the intersection with 10th Street.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the others reportedly exited his vehicle and left the scene on foot. Authorities identify him only as a 25-year-old man and intend to file criminal charges against him upon his apprehension.
It is always sad when innocent people have to suffer because of someone else’s recklessness. It is particularly tragic when young people have their lives irrevocably altered or taken away from them.