1 Dead, 2 Injured in Suspected DUI Crash on Beaver Ruin Road
56-year-old Doris Gatesbusch was arrested on Monday, February 11 and charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence after a three-vehicle accident on Beaver Ruin Road left one woman dead and two others injured.
Georgia State Patrol officers responded to the scene of the crash near Buford Highway at around 9:30 p.m. Investigators determined that Gatesbusch was driving a Lincoln Navigator and crossed over the center turn lane, colliding head-on with a Nissan sedan.
After the Nissan was struck by Gatesbusch’s vehicle, a Toyota truck rear-ended the sedan. Two people were in the truck.
Erica Everett was driving the Nissan and passed away from injuries suffered in the crash. The two truck occupants suffered minor injuries. Gatesbusch was left uninjured.
Gatesbusch was arrested at the scene and brought to Gwinnett County Jail. She has been charged with homicide by vehicle, DUI-alcohol, DUI-drugs, and improper lane change.
Financial Compensation for DUI Crash Victims and Their Families in Georgia
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents drunk driving victims and their families in civil lawsuits, helping them recover the financial compensation they need and deserve. We’ve asked Brian to share some thoughts on the legal options available to these victims and families in Georgia:
When an intoxicated person causes an accident and innocent people are killed or injured, the victims and their families may have a few different options in the legal system. They can take legal action against the drunk driver by filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. And in some states, these victims and families may also have grounds for a lawsuit against the alcohol vendor who provided the driver with alcohol before the crash.
Georgia is one of many states that allow alcohol vendors and social hosts to be held liable for alcohol-related accidents. These laws are known as dram shop laws and only apply in certain situations. In Georgia, alcohol vendors can be held liable for alcohol-related accidents if the vendor:
- Serves alcohol to a minor under 21 years of age, or
- serves alcohol to someone who is “noticeably intoxicated”, and
- the vendor knows that the minor or intoxicated person will soon be driving a motor vehicle.
These same rules apply to social hosts, such as the host of a house party who provides alcohol to a minor or a visibly intoxicated guest and the host knows that person will be driving.
Have you or a loved one been injured by a drunk driver in Georgia? We want to help your family get the support you deserve. You can learn more about your legal options by speaking to one of our experienced DUI accident victims lawyers.
Buford Highway and Beaver Ruin Road in Norcross