Gwinnett County, GA (Sept. 5, 2023) – 3 of the 5 victims of the early-morning Labor Day crash at I-85 and GA-316 in Gwinnett County were students at Lakeside High School in DeKalb County, according to police on Tuesday. The victims were all teens.
The victims, who were named by Gwinnett Police in a social media post, were Katy Gaitan, 17, Ashley Gaitan, 16, Coral Lorenzo, 17, Hung Nguyen, 18, and Abner Santana, 19.
They were all in a truck that crossed the GA-316 skyway ramp wall and descended onto the exit/feeder lane leading to Pleasant Hill Road on I-85.
According to the officers ‘ estimation, the drop from the ramp to the lower roadway might have been as much as 50 feet. 3 more people, including 2 other cars, were sent to the hospital following the collision on Monday morning.
Few details remain regarding the possible cause of the incident. The cops claim that it occurred just before 4 a.m.
Fatal car accidents are tragic events that affect not only the people involved but their families and communities as well. A fatal accident can be emotionally and financially devastating.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving while distracted, driving at excessively high speeds, and driving recklessly are all risky behaviors that can lead to fatal car accidents. These collisions are typically avoidable if traffic laws are followed, adequate attention is paid to the road, and safe driving is practiced.
When a person dies in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver, the surviving family has the legal right to sue the negligent driver for wrongful death. The family of the deceased will be able to seek monetary compensation for the loss of their loved one.
Although no amount of money can ever compensate for the loss of a loved one, the system exists to assist the family in recovering financially from the tragic accident and to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions.
If someone you care about dies as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident, the first thing you should do is discuss what happened with an experienced Wrongful Death Lawyer. They will assist you in determining whether you are legally entitled to file a compensation claim.
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If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, you should contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer as soon as possible. When filing a compensation claim, these lawyers have the knowledge and resources to help you understand your legal options.
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Note: This post was created with the help of outside sources, such as news articles and first-hand accounts. Because the details of this accident have not been independently verified, please notify us immediately if you discover any false information. We will update the post to reflect the correct information.
Disclaimer: At The Mabra Law Firm, we are always looking for ways to improve the quality and safety of our state, and we have been saddened by the outcomes of numerous accidents. We hope that by informing those in our community about these accidents, they will work to prevent other serious accidents in the future. These posts are not intended to be solicitations for business. The information contained within should never be interpreted as medical or legal advice. We wish everyone involved in these accidents a fast recovery.