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Woman Charged with Vehicular Homicide for Fatal I-20 Wreck

DeKalb County police have released new details in a weekend wreck that left a 19-year-old man dead, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Early Sunday morning, a Ford Mustang struck a Toyota Camry that was stopped on the eastbound side of I-20. Michael Kennedy, a passenger in the Camry, was killed in the accident. Karen Belmar, the driver of the Mustang, was arrested and charged with numerous charges, including vehicular homicide and failure to maintain lane.

The Camry's driver and two other passengers were injured in the accident and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment, according to authorities. Belmar and an 8-year-old passenger in her car were also taken to Grady for treatment.

The incident serves as a reminder that vehicular homicide charges don't only arise in cases of drunk driving. While authorities haven't announced the specifics of the vehicular homicide charge, it could be for a number of reasons. Drivers can be charged with first-degree vehicular homicide in the following situations:

  • Failure to Stop: If you kill someone in an accident and then flee the scene, you can be charged with vehicular homicide.
  • DUI: If you kill someone will driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you could face vehicular homicide charges.
  • School Bus: If you fail to stop for a school bus and end up killing someone in the process, you can be charged with vehicular homicide.
  • Reckless Driving: Killing someone while driving recklessly will get you a vehicular homicide charge as well. Driving recklessly means that the driver should've known his or her actions were likely to cause injury to another person.
  • Fleeing the Police: If you kill someone while fleeing from the police, you can be charged with vehicular homicide in Georgia.

If Karen Belmar is convicted of first-degree vehicular homicide, she could be going to prison for 3 to 15 years.

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