The driver of the van that burst into flames after a crash on Georgia interstate, killing six, has been arrested and charged. The Gwinnett County Police announced the charges on Thursday, April 29th. The accident that led to the arrest occurred when the driver made an illegal lane change.
According to a news report, the driver, identified as Monica Manire, faces six counts of homicide by vehicle. She also faces a charge of reckless driving, improper lane changes, and four counts of serious injury by vehicle.
The accident happened on Saturday, April 24th, outside Atlanta. Six women died from the incident, and ten others suffered injuries. The investigators said Manire of Byron made a reckless lane change, causing the van to flip on its side. The vehicle switched from Interstate 85 to Interstate 985 and then burst into flames.
An initial report disclosed that a vehicle changed lanes ahead of the van, causing it to slide across two lanes on the interstate and strike a guard rail. Manire is in the Gwinnett County Jail pending her bail application hearing.
The news report stated that many passengers in the van were part of a sober living community called “We Are the Living Proof.” They were en route to a recovery meeting when the crash on Georgia interstate occurred. Among the dead victims are Alishia Carroll, 34, of Columbus, Kristie Whitfield, 44, of Mount Airy, Tina Rice, 53, of Atlanta, Normisha Monroe, 38, of Norcross, and Rose Patrick, 34, of Ellabell.
Following a motor vehicle accident of this nature, the crash survivors and relatives of deceased victims can file a civil action for compensation. It would be in the form of a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death action. Find out more from our Georgia auto accident attorneys.