Teen Killed in I-85 Accident, Driver Facing Charges

Posted on Oct 03, 2014

Georgia police are investigating a tragic single-vehicle accident on Interstate 85 in Atlanta this week, that left one teen dead and injured at least two other passengers. A spokesperson for the Georgia State Patrol reported that the driver of a Ford Explorer was traveling too fast at the time of the accident, and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn on the roadway and eject at least one passenger from the vehicle. If you have suffered injuries in a serious car accident in Atlanta, Marietta, or elsewhere in GA, consult our car accident lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak today for legal help. Our law firm is located in Atlanta and our reputable attorneys have years of experience protecting the rights of car accident victims and their families throughout the state of Georgia.

Driving Going Too Fast for Conditions

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the fatal car accident took place on I-85 northbound, just before Georgia 400, on the evening of September 29. There were four people riding in the 2002 Ford Explorer at the time of the wreck, and authorities have reported that the driver was going too fast for conditions when he lost control and the vehicle overturned. One of the passengers, 18-year-old Juan Ocompto, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Investigators say another passenger was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries, and a third passenger was transported to a nearby hospital, and has since been treated and released. Following the deadly GA car accident, the driver of the Ford Explorer was taken into custody, and is now facing charges in the death of Juan Ocompto.

Georgia Car Accident Injuries, Fatalities

Losing a loved one in a car accident is devastating no matter what the circumstances of the wreck are, especially when the victim is as young as Juan Ocompto, but the tragedy is even more traumatic when the recklessness of another person is found to be the cause of the accident. In Georgia, more than six million people were involved in motor vehicle accidents between 2000 and 2008, either as a driver, passenger or pedestrian, which equals an average of 2,394 car accident victims per day, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. From 2000 to 2006, more than one million drivers in GA were involved in a car accident where someone was injured, and more than 16,000 drivers were involved in a wreck where someone was killed.

Contact Our Car Accident Lawyers Today

Serious car accidents occur far too frequently in Georgia and throughout the United States, often resulting in devastating injuries and tragic loss of life. If you have been injured in a Georgia car accident, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal wreck with an allegedly negligent driver, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Rechtman & Spevak today. You may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit against the at-fault driver, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

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