Mother of 8 Killed in Georgia Car Accident With Suspected Drunk Driver

Posted on Aug 05, 2014

A fatal car accident on Peach Orchard Road and Faircrest Avenue in Richmond County, Georgia late last month leaves eight children without their mother and a suspected drunk driver behind bars. According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Donnetta McCullum, 50, was killed when Branden David Ross, 43, slammed into her vehicle while racing another vehicle into the busy intersection. If you have suffered injuries in a GA car accident, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal wreck with an alleged drunk driver, consult our reputable drunk driving accident attorneys at Rechtman & Spevak to discuss your legal options. Our law firm is located in Atlanta, and our DUI accident lawyers have extensive experience protecting the rights of DUI accident victims and their families throughout the state of Georgia.

Alleged Drunk Driver Was Speeding, Racing

The victim of the Georgia car accident, Donnetta McCullum, had four children of her own, and adopted four more when her brother could no longer care for them. According to McCullum’s family, she was on her way to the store to pick up groceries for dinner on July 18, when the deadly accident took place. Deputies say that McCullum, who was driving a Suzuki Grand Vitara, was making a left turn onto Peach Orchard Road from Faircrest Avenue when she was was struck and killed by Branden Ross, who was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the collision. In the aftermath of the Georgia car accident, Ross was arrested and charged with DUI, reckless driving, and first-degree vehicular homicide. Deputies with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office are still looking for the other driver involved in the alleged race, who will also face charges in the accident.

Our Experienced DUI Accident Lawyers Can Help

The intersection of Peach Orchard Road and Faircrest Avenue is a dangerous one, and residents of the nearby Pepperridge neighborhood say they often see cars flying by one after the other. Unfortunately, deadly drunk driving accidents like this one are not uncommon in Georgia and throughout the United States, and driving under the influence of alcohol accounts for approximately 11,000 fatal accidents nationwide every year, where at least one driver has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher. If you have suffered injuries in a drunk driving accident in Atlanta, Marietta, or elsewhere in Georgia, contact our knowledgeable DUI accident lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak today for legal help. With our qualified attorneys on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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