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Teen May Get Off with Probation, but Wrongful Death Lawsuit is Still Pending in Triple-Fatal Crash

An 18-year-old Georgia teen has pleaded guilty to three counts of second- degree vehicular homicide and been sentenced to 24 months of probation in an accident that killed three people. The teen was driving a Ford Taurus southbound on a two-lane road when she tried to pass a pick-up truck. When the teen saw an oncoming vehicle, she tried to return to the southbound lane, but sideswiped the truck which spun and struck an oncoming SUV. The driver and a passenger in the SUV died at the scene. The 19-year-old driver of the pick-up died three days later; her teen passenger suffered serious injuries. Police said speed and alcohol were not a factor in the accident; it was just a lack of judgement.

The parents of the deceased truck driver filed a wrongful death suit alleging that the 18-year-old was negligent through her failure to maintain the lane and for attempting an improper pass. In her response to the suit, the teen said she was trying to pass the truck, but the truck driver sped up. While she admitted to the manner of the accident, the teen denied any responsibility. The wrongful death claim seeks $10 million to recover the full value of their daughter’s, another 60-plus years, as well as compensation for medical, funeral and burial expenses, attorney fees, and pain and suffering.

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