Akron, OH- An Akron man with a history of reckless driving has been charged with vehicular manslaughter for his involvement in an early May accident that left a young woman dead.
Last week, 37-year-old Andre Graves was charged with one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and driving without a valid license, according to Cleveland.com.
On May 6th Graves was speeding when he slammed into a row of cars stopped a red light on Copely Road. Cleveland.com reports that Graves was traveling 61 mph when he rear-ended a Chevy Cobalt driven by 19-year-old India Douglas.
After being struck, the Cobalt was pushed into a car which was then pushed into a pickup truck. Graves’ vehicle then struck a retaining wall.
Douglas was trapped in her vehicle and had to be extricated using the Jaws of Life. She suffered critical injuries including a traumatic brain injury, Ohio.com reported.
Graves and the 45-year-old man driving the pickup were also injured and rushed to a local hospital for treatment.
A search of Grave’s driving record revealed that he has been charged with over three dozen traffic violations over the years. He hasn’t had a valid driver’s license since 1999, according to Ohio.com, and has slew of other traffic violations on his record. Graves has citations for speeding, driving with an empty container and driving without a valid license.
In a 2007 study, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that speed contributed to nearly one in three fatal accidents. Speed along drunken and distracted driving contribute to tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths and injuries each year in the U.S. While fatal and injurious accidents have slowly been declining, there are still far too many motorists on road who are willing to take risks with other people’s lives.The higher the speed a motorist is traveling the stronger the impact when they collide with another vehicle or a fixed object, like a tree. A speeding driver also has difficulties maintaining control of their vehicles and need longer distances to stop.
Victims of speed-related accidents can suffer severe and costly injuries. And, unfortunately, some victims of speeding drivers have their lives cut short or suffer injuries they won’t be able to recover from. If you have been in an Ohio traffic accident and are not sure if you want to file a personal injury suit, let USAttorneys connect your with the best accident attorney in your area. They can discuss the pros and cons of a personal injury suit and help you decide what course of action to take in your case.
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