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Man Arrested for I-85 Crash that Killed Pedestrian

Atlanta police have arrested a 36-year-old man who's accused of causing a fatal accident on I-85 while driving drunk, CBS News reports.

According to authorities, 31-year-old Ronnie Bascom Jr. was inspecting damage to his car at an exit ramp, when Joshua Taylor's car struck Bascom, killing him. Taylor has been charged with vehicular homicide and DUI less safe for the incident.

According to Atlanta police Capt. Adam Lee III, Bascom hit a guardrail in his car on the 17th Street exit ramp of I-85 at around 2:30 a.m. When Bascom got out of his car to take a look at the damage, Taylor allegedly hit him.

Taylor's car then ran into a concrete embankment and caught fire, authorities say. Emergency workers pulled Taylor out of the wreck. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities say. Bascom was declared dead at the scene.

Taylor has been charged with vehicular homicide for the death of Bascom. Generally, a person who causes the death of another while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, can be charged with vehicular homicide. If Taylor is convicted of vehicular homicide, he could be going to prison for 3 to 15 years.

Taylor has also been charged with DUI less safe. In Georgia, there are two different types of DUI charges. A "per se" DUI means that the driver was found to have a blood alcohol content that was above the legal limit of .08 percent. A DUI "less safe" means that driver was driving less safely because of the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In order to prove DUI less safe, the arresting officer will have to testify that he or she believed that the effects of alcohol or drugs had made Joshua Taylor a less safe driver on the night Ronnie Bascom Jr. was killed.

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