In a tragic story that illustrates the very real stakes that we all play with when we get behind the wheel of our cars, Craig Sumter, of Dekalb County, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian on Buford Highway. Sumter plead guilty to charges of vehicular homicide in the October 14th, 2007 death of Rebecca Jakubcin, 34. Rebecca was standing in a turn lane while walking home from dinner when she was struck by Sumter’s vehicle.
Sumter fled the scene following the accident, but police quickly apprehended him at his nearby apartment. At the time of his arrest, officers maintain that he appeared intoxicated. This was not Sumter’s first run in with the law. In 2006 he plead guilty to reckless driving after a prior drunken driving arrest. He had not complied with the terms of his probation in that case, according to a statement from the District Attorney. Under the sentence imposed Monday by Superior Court Judge Daniel Coursey, Sumter will have to serve 5 years probation upon being released from jail.
Serious traffic violations like hit-and-run, DUI, and vehicular manslaughter cases can be life altering. The most serious traffic violations are felonies and involve serious misconduct while driving a motor vehicle. When parties are seriously injured or even killed due to the reckless driving of another, not only does the offending driver face criminal charges, they can be held liable for the injuries or wrongful death of the victim.
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