A Roswell man admitted to officers he had three beers before being involved in a crash that killed a 91-year-old man, and both breath and blood tests confirmed that John James Hamm was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, according to Cobb County police.
The fatal crash results in charges of first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI and reckless driving, his arrest warrant states. “The accused was described as speeding and weaving in and out of traffic,” Hamm’s Feb. 23 arrest warrant states. “As the accused approached the intersection with Davis Road, a vehicle turned left in front of him. The accused was unable to stop his vehicle in time, resulting in a collision. The accused emitted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, admitted to drinking three beers and provided a voluntary breath sample that tested positive for alcohol.” On May 18, Hamm was further charged by Cobb County police with a felony count of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, as well as two misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated and driving recklessly,” per his new arrest warrant. According to witnesses, Hamm was driving at speeds of at least 70 miles per hour and tailgating prior to hitting Spadafora’s car.
It is illegal to drive with a BAC higher than .08 in Georgia but still approximately 26% of Georgia’s roadway fatalities are DUI-associated. The state’s number of roadway fatalities was 1,554 in 2017 with many of those caused by drunk drivers. The more complex the highway system is and the increased number of cars on a roadway directly impacts the danger of drunk driving accidents, and reveals deaths related to DUI are highest in the urban areas of Georgia. If you are involved in a drunk driving accident near Marietta Georgia that has caused injuries necessitating medical procedures and leaving you with permanent physical damage, it would be in your best interest to hire an attorney.
Legal counsel can help assess damages that include compensation for replacement or repair of property, costs incurred from medical professionals treating injuries, loss of wages, changes in lifestyle, pain and suffering and wrongful death claims including funeral expenses and future financial losses to family members as pain and suffering due to loss.
If you have suffered injury, or lost a loved one from a drunk driving accident near Roswell, the best course of action is to contact an experienced lawyer who can navigate the legal process toward a strong settlement to cover any related expenses or struggles from changes to your livelihood.
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