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Could Fatality Have Been Avoided?

Phenix City, Alabama–Russell County Officials report that brothers Ronnie Short Jr., 25, and Derrick Short, 37, were killed when the driver of the car they were travelling in lost control of the vehicle. Authorities have confirmed that the 1998 Mustang swerved into a nearby ravine, ejecting the two brothers from the car. The two hailed from Columbus, Georgia. A third passenger was rushed to Midtown Medical Center for treatment, but the extent of their injuries remains unknown.

The crash itself is under investigation and authorities remain unsure if the deceased were wearing seat belts at the time of the wreck. The lawyers at Link & Smith, P.C., remind motorists that seat belt use is an absolutely essential safety measure. According to the CDC, more than 2.3 million people were treated for injuries or lost their lives in 2009 alone. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also note that in 2011, proper seat belt use cut motorist fatalities in half.

Crawford County, GA–36 year-old Ricky Bacchus succumbed to injuries he sustained when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a motor vehicle. The Lizella man died Thursday at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, after the early morning crash on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013. According to authorities, Mr. Bacchus was riding his bicycle near Creekview Drive, on Sandy Point Road when he was hit and fatally injured. Crawford County Sheriff Lewis Walker alerted press that a “person of interest” has come forward in the aftermath of the hit and run fatality. The press and public are waiting additional information in the wake of this tragedy. And the Georgia State Patrol, aided by Crawford Deputies, is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident. The lawyers at Link & Smith, P.C. have experience in handling these types of cases and our sympathies go out to the family of Ricky Bacchus.

Officials are investigating a fatal wreck. The Crash occurred early in the morning, around 3:30 a.m. Members of the Georgia State Patrol confirmed that the incident took place on I-20. Reports indicate that a driver stopped on the shoulder of I-20 to assist a stranded motorist when Kevin Poynter, 28, rear-ended on of the stopped vehicles and side-swiped the other. Charges may be filed against the driver of the vehicle, Kevin Poynter.

A passenger and a pedestrian lost their lives in the crash. All drivers should be aware of roadside hazards including pedestrians or stranded motorists. Based on the latest statistics, a pedestrian will be injured every 8 minutes and one will be killed every 2 hours. The lawyers at Link & Smith, P.C. have experience in handling these types of cases and our sympathies go out to victims of this needless tragedy.