As Georgia teenagers get older, they are often afforded more freedom. Unfortunately, this means there are also more opportunities for them to be involved in accidents. Across the nation, far too many parents lose their teenage children to car accidents, and in some of those cases, the teen is not even in a vehicle. One set of parents got a call that no parent should ever have to receive -- their teenage son's body was found on a local roadway.
It was sometime after 3 a.m. on a recent Tuesday when the call came. The last sighting of the teen alive was from a video camera at a business near where he was found at approximately 9:27 p.m. the night before. His family told troopers with the Georgia State Patrol that he left the house of a friend around 9:30 p.m. that night. The evidence suggests that a vehicle struck him shortly thereafter.
Evidence at the scene indicated that the vehicle that hit him was a white Ford F-150 pickup. When word got out that authorities were searching for such a vehicle, a 17-year-old and his mother contacted investigators. The teen told them that he knew he hit something, but thought it was a deer. It was later confirmed that the vehicle the teen was driving sustained damage consistent with having struck the 14-year-old victim.
The investigation is ongoing, and it is not yet known whether charges will be filed against the teenage driver. Even if no criminal charges are filed, the victim's family retains the right to file a wrongful death claim seeking damages typically sought in fatal car accidents. If the family provides sufficient evidence to establish that the teen driver negligently caused the victim's death, the court may order an award of monetary damages to the family.
Source: 11alive.com, "Driver comes forward in fatal Coweta County hit and run", Kevin Rowson, Feb. 11, 2015