Suspected Drunk Driver, Mark Steven Ridling, Arrested For Deadly Crash
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that on Sunday around 2:15 a.m. a drunk driver collided with and killed another driver on I-20 East near Factory Shoals Road. 47-year-old Brian Betts was driving his Toyota Corolla when Mark Steven Ridling hit Betts’ vehicle sending him off the road and causing his car to flip over. Betts was immediately transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he later died.
Ridling’s vehicle collided with the median barrier and he was also taken to the hospital for injuries. He is set to be charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI, following too closely behind a vehicle and reckless driving. He is currently in jail without bond.
The Cobb Police are investigating the case and have asked anyone with information to call 770-499-3987.
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Legal Options Available to Victims of Drunk Driving Crashes in Georgia
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of https://crimevictim.Attorney helps victims injured or killed by drunk drivers receive the financial compensation they deserve. Below Mr. Kent shares his insight on the legal options in Georgia available to these victims and their families.
No matter which state you reside in, if you have been hit by a drunk driver, you likely have a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. Nevertheless, your legal options may not stop here. In many states, including Georgia, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the alcohol vendor that provided the alcohol to the driver that cause the drunk driving crash.
Often times, lawsuits against alcohol vendors are referred to as “dram shop” claims. In Georgia, you may have a dram shop claim if the alcohol vendor was:
- “willfully” and “knowingly” serving alcohol to a minor (someone under the age of 21)
- or “knowingly” serving alcohol to someone who is already “noticeably intoxicated”
Drunk driving cases can be complex and unique. Your state may or may not have dram shop laws in place and we suggest that you consult with an experienced drunk driving lawyer to discuss all relevant legal options.
Location of I-20 Near Factory Shoals Road in Cobbs County, Georgia
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