A 22-year-old man who collided with a vehicle last week while attempting to elude police officers on Northside Drive has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving, and a headlight violation. Police stated that they attempted to pull the man over and that the driver initially put on his turn signal as if he was going to stop before accelerating, leading to him running a red light approximately 37 seconds later and slamming into a Mitsubishi Outlander. The Outlander was being driven by a 39-year-old Uber driver, who was killed along with his 27-year-old front seat passenger. Three passengers in the back seat of the Uber vehicle were injured.
The father of the front seat passenger who was killed in the accident stated that his son — a successful electrical engineer from Texas — was in Atlanta on a work trip and had been riding in the Uber with coworkers when the accident occurred. The father stated that he was angry about the accident. “Your son passes and he’s doing everything the correct way in life and due to someone else’s negligence or someone else’s carelessness, he loses his life,” the man’s father stated, adding that his son was a polite and generous person who never met a stranger.
A spokesperson for Uber issued a statement in which they stated that the company was “heartbroken by the news of the terrible tragedy,” and is keeping the victims and their families in thoughts, while hoping for a good recovery for those who were injured.
In a second, the actions of a careless or reckless driver can completely alter no only the lives of victims, but their families as well. If you have lost a loved one due to another’s carelessness or recklessness, an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney from Cambre & Associates can tell you more about the process of seeking compensation for the expenses and impacts of your loss. Contact us for a free case evaluation.