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Georgia college freshman killed by alleged drunk driver

Family tragedy often happens when it's least expected. A Georgia family is dealing with the death of a young woman who had just begun her freshman year in college. The 18-year-old young woman had come home from Alabama State University (ASU) to celebrate her mother's birthday earlier this month. She was a passenger in a car that was rear-ended by a driver who has since been charged with DUI and vehicular homicide.

The victim was stopped at a red light not far from her family's home when the car she was in was struck by the alleged drunk driver. It flipped over multiple times and fell down an embankment. The young woman suffered fatal brain injuries as a result.

Authorities say the 52-year-old alleged drunk driver was going 70 miles per hour at the time. He's facing four charges related to the crash. The young woman's father says he hopes the man spends the rest of his life in prison. He said, "We want him to stay behind bars forever. He took a life, so his freedom should be taken as well." The alleged drunk driver is being held without bond in DeKalb County Jail.

The young woman, who aspired to be an attorney, was mourned by her university as well as her family. The university is providing counseling services for students and a memorial service is planned for her. ASU's president said in a statement, "Her presence will be sorely missed by her classmates, friends and professors."

The criminal court system can help the surviving loved ones of those killed by drunk drivers achieve some sense of justice. However, families can also seek compensation from those responsible for their loved ones' deaths to help cover burial costs, medical bills and other expenses and damages through wrongful death suits. Experienced Georgia personal injury attorneys can provide guidance and assistance.

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