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Atlanta city employee facing charges in wrongful death

An employee of the City of Atlanta GA faced charges after a truck crash that killed a co-worker. A spokesperson for the city said that alcohol was a factor in the wrongful death accident and an internal investigation was being conducted. The spokesperson added that the city would take appropriate action based upon the findings of that investigation.

An employee speaking under conditions of anonymity told a local news station that he had been worried about alcohol use by some people on the job, and he said he had warned supervisors about the issue months before the 54-year-old man was killed. He said he hoped that the tragedy would show city bosses that something needed to be done.

Officials said that the 54-year-old was a passenger in a city truck when it overturned at the Cleveland Avenue exit of Interstate 75 southbound. Police were said to be seeking arrest warrants for the truck's driver on charges of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, failure to maintain lane and driving under the influence. A city spokesperson said that the government of Atlanta has a zero-tolerance policy toward alcohol and drug use.

The employee who spoke with the television station said that he tried to speak up when he worked for the city, adding that he left the employ of Atlanta some six months before the tragedy. Another worker who was injured in the crash remained hospitalized. His identity and condition had not been released to the public.

A wrongful death due to a fatal accident or dangerous conditions can be devastating. An Atlanta lawyer may be able to use premises liability law in order to make property owners compensate individuals or families who have suffered due to their negligence or oversight.

Source: WSB, "City of Atlanta says alcohol was factor in crash that killed employee", November 07, 2013

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