July 14, 2011 - Powder Springs, Ga. - The driver, who caused a car accident that killed a 72-year-old man on May 25, is now facing charges of vehicular homicide. According to a report at 11 Alive News, the victim died in an Atlanta hospital several weeks after the accident.
Police say the victim was riding a motorized scooter, on Hiram Lithia Springs Road in Powder Springs, when he was rear-ended by a Chevrolet Colorado near the intersection of Hill Road. The victim was ejected from the scooter and hit by another car, an Oldsmobile Cutlass. He was transported to Atlanta Medical Center with serious personal injuries. He was pronounced dead on July 2, more than a month after the initial accident.
An investigation determined the driver of the Chevrolet Colorado, a 65-year-old man from Lithia Springs, was at fault in the accident. He failed to yield to the scooter, which had the right of way, according to police. After the victim's death, prosecutors upgraded their charge to second-degree vehicular homicide.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 Georgia Crash Statistics, there were 1,284 fatalities as a result of car accidents in Georgia.
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