Although a year has lapsed since the death of a 17-year-old student, the boy's parents continue to seek answers. The death, classified as an accident, was discovered Jan. 11, 2013, as students completed a survey in their school's gym. The boy's body was discovered in the center hole of a gym mat when his feet were noticed. A teacher indicated in a statement that he grabbed one of the boy's ankles in hope of a response but that the boy was lifeless. While the death has been determined by authorities to be accidental, the boy's family believes that it is a case of wrongful death.
A 22-year-old man thought to be responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident in Marietta has reportedly turned himself in to authorities. Three days after the accident, the driver turned himself in to Marietta Police Investigators before being transported to Cobb County Jail. The man is expected to be charged with 2nd degree vehicular homicide and felony hit and run.
All-terrain vehicles were designed to be used in the dirt and off paved roads; however, some riders have begun using them on paved roads in Georgia and across the nation. One study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that about two-thirds of ATV fatal accidents happen on paved roads where the vehicles are usually banned. Government statistics confirm that between 2007 and 2011, just over 1,701 ATV riders lost their lives in accidents on public roads in this nation, or nearly one person each day. Of those, deaths, 62 occurred in Georgia.
Court documents revealed that a settlement was reached between a Georgia woman and her former in-laws in a wrongful death lawsuit that they filed against her. The details of the settlement have not been released.
On Nov. 11, it was reported that a Georgia jury awarded $16.5 million from Michelin North America to the widow of an individual who was killed as a result of a tire blow out in 2011. The lawsuit had claimed that a large van was driving on I-75 near Macon when the van suffered a sudden rear tire failure. The blowout caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which then flipped. The van accident left two people dead, and another 12 injured.
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.
It is still unclear what caused a man to fall 65 feet to his death at Turner Field during a recent game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies. Police investigating the death said that he was alone before his fall from the upper level of the stadium. The investigation may help the family determine if they wish to pursue a wrongful death case.