6 hurt in 2-car wreck, including 8-year-old

Sunday, March 31, 2013 9:21 PM
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A two-car wreck at the intersection of Peach Orchard and Boykin roads Saturday sent six people to Georgia Regents Medical Center, including an 8-year-old child, whose injuries authorities described as “serious.”

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The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said charges are pending in the crash, which happened about 8:40 p.m., when a 2002 Hyundia Elantra made a left turn and struck the passenger side of a 2010 Mercury Mountaineer.

Deputies said the Mountaineer, driven by a 17-year-old woman, did not have its headlights on.

The Elantra had three passengers, while the Mountaineer had three passengers, one of which was the 8-year-old, according to an incident report.

No information was released on the other victims, except that their injuries were not life-threatening.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/01/13 - 08:05 am
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Teen

What are the details of the Georgia law that says young drivers aren't supposed to have young passengers in the car?

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 04/01/13 - 09:58 am
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Law

As a result of Teenage & Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA)
, there is a stipulation that a teen driver can not have anyone outside of an immediate family member in the vehicle while they are driving for the first 6 months they have their license, then for the next 6 months they can have only 1 non-family member in the car under the age of 21. After that, it goes up to 3 non- family members... If the 8 yr old is an immediate family member, then the law wasn't broken - unless the child was not an immediate family member. It also will depend on when she actually got her license - not all teens get their license at 16 - some wait until they are older, like mine did....

allhans
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allhans 04/01/13 - 09:58 am
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Is there a law requiring

Is there a law requiring headlights?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 04/01/13 - 11:11 am
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@8:40 PM?

Ya think it might be a tad past dusk by then?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 04/01/13 - 12:36 pm
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So let me get this straight.

So let me get this straight. According to GA law, the difference between breaking the law and not breaking the law is whether or not the 8 year old is a family member? To all the physicians out there: Does the human child body become more resistant to car crashes when the driver is related to the child? If being a non family member would have kept this child out of the car, did the dumb luck of being a family member cost this child serious injuries and possibly his life? How many deaths do the legislators who passed this law and allowed for exceptions of family members, have on their hands?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/01/13 - 12:53 pm
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Family members

Probably a legal attempt to keep multiple teenagers out the car. A teenager with a family member in the car is less likely to be driving carelessly than with a group of fellow teenagers. Just a guess.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/01/13 - 01:39 pm
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Eerie

There was a crash with similar conditions nearby on Peach Orchard just five months ago:

Peach Orchard Crash

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 04/01/13 - 02:29 pm
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@JTF - That's my thought too - historically most of accidents involved multiple teens in the car - I guess this law was a way to try and mitigate that.

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