1 Dead, 4 Injured in Suspected Drunk Driving Crash in Banks County
A 3-year-old child was killed and four other people were injured following an accident involving a suspected drunk driver on Interstate 85 in Banks County on March 24. 56-year-old Charles Raymond Evans faces numerous charges in connection with the crash.
According to the George State Patrol, Evans was traveling northbound on I-85 when he collided with two vehicles. The first vehicle spun out onto the median, while the second veered across the road before stopping. These vehicles were stopped in a traffic jam caused by another fatal accident when they were struck.
In the first vehicle, a 2010 Toyota Corolla, Cristine Chiles suffered non-life-threatening injuries, a seven-year-old child suffered a serious injury, and a three-year-old suffered a fatal injury.
In the second vehicle, a 2017 Honda Accord, 43-year-old Calvin Robinson and 42-year-old Lashonda Montgomery suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Evans also suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He faces felony charges for vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, DUI, reckless driving, following too closely, and an expired tag.
Legal Recourse for People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Georgia
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents people who have been injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers. Here is some info from Brian regarding the legal options available to these individuals in Georgia:
Georgia is one of several states which allow people injured by drunk drivers to file two types of lawsuits. The first is a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver, which is available in all 50 states. The second is a dram shop lawsuit, which, under certain conditions, can be filed against alcohol vendors who served a drunk driver prior to the crash.
According to Georgia’s dram shop law, the requirements for filing a lawsuit against an alcohol vendor are as follows:
- The vendor “willfully, knowingly, and unlawfully” serves alcohol to someone under age 21, or
- “knowingly” serves alcohol to a person who is “noticeably intoxicated”, and
- the vendor knows that the minor or intoxicated person will soon be driving a motor vehicle.
If you or a loved one has recently been injured by a drunk driver, it’s important to be aware of your full range of legal options. You can learn more by discussing your case with an experienced drunk driving accident victims lawyer.