Jackson, GA (October 24, 2023) – After a woman was discovered dead in her driveway on October 20, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested a guy and charged him with murder and hit-and-run.
The GBI reports that the body of 51-year-old Brooke Bedard Sides was discovered by Butts County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Watkins Park and Pool Road in Jackson. They claim that Nathan Shane Upchurch, 50, ran her over as he was exiting an argument they had just had.
While any car accident can be dangerous, hit-and-run accidents are particularly harmful. A hit-and-run occurs when one of the drivers involved flees the scene before the police can arrive to file an incident report. This is considered illegal in Georgia.
When there is a car accident, everyone involved is supposed to stop, check if anyone was injured, and immediately call 911. A hit and run derails this entire process, not to mention it can cost someone their life.
The law affords you the same legal protections regardless of whether or not the driver fled the scene. The most sensible action would be to remain where you are and wait for the police to arrive at the scene of the collision. Get the license plate number of the vehicle that impacted you if at all feasible.
When the hit and run is reported to the police, they will begin looking for the vehicle that struck you and fled the scene. Damaged vehicles typically don’t travel very far and can be easy to spot, so the sooner you contact the police, the sooner they can begin to look for the hit-and-run driver.
If you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident, do not hesitate to contact a professional Personal Injury Attorney for legal advice. You’ll need all the help you can get if the at-fault driver flees the accident scene before you can get any information from them. You will want the help of an experienced lawyer to make sure all of your losses are covered.
Regardless of whether or not the at-fault driver is ever found, make sure you speak with a lawyer before trying to proceed with filing your claim.
At The Mabra Firm, we have a team of Hit-and-Run Accident Attorneys who can help with the details of your case. Call us at 404-344-5255 to schedule a free consultation if you were involved in a hit-and-run accident.
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.