On Sunday, teenaged Brittany Sailors was killed by a suspected drunk driver when she entered a Gwinnett intersection, CBS News writes.
Sailors died in the accident, and three others were injured. Mutajah Paasewe, the driver of the vehicle that hit Sailor's car, has been charged with driving under the influence, and could, as the facts are discovered, possibly face a vehicular homicide charge as well.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Graystone Parkway and Lakeview Road, just west of Grayson. Police believe that Sailors, who had stopped at the intersection, was struck by Paasewe as she attempted to make a left turn, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Sailors’ car was T-boned in the collision. According to Gwinnett Fire Lieutenant Colin Rhoden, emergency crews responded to the accident at around 9:45 p.m., but Sailors died at the scene. Three others who were injured in the crash were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment.
Paasewe has been charged with DUI, according to authorities. Under Georgia’s DUI law, it’s illegal for anyone to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher — whether they are involved in an accident or not. A first DUI conviction is punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000, 10 days to 12 months in prison, at least 40 hours of community service, and completion of an alcohol or drug use risk reduction program.
If it’s found that Paasewe was impaired when the crash occurred, he could possibly face a vehicular homicide charge as well. People who kill someone while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are often charged with vehicular homicide in Georgia. The driver’s conduct must be a far cry from how a reasonable person would act in the situation.
However, as the facts are unclear at this time as to who was ultimately responsible for the accident, it’s too early to say whether Mutajah Paasewe will be charged with vehicular homicide in addition to his DUI charge.