An ambulance driver has been charged with DUI and vehicular homicide following a fatal crash in Fairburn, GA, that led to the death of an unrestrained patient. The Georgia State Patrol reported that the driver, identified as Kevin T. McCorvey, 34, was driving under the influence when he crashed an ambulance into a ditch in Fairburn on Friday, November 12th.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, just about 7:30 p.m. Friday, the accident occurred along West Campbellton Street, near Golightly Street, and Fairburn Police officers were dispatched to the scene. They found a 2007 Ford Econoline Prime Care EMS overturned in a ditch.
The authorities further reported that McCorvey failed a sobriety test and was immediately booked in the Fulton County jail.
According to reports, McCorvey was driving for a private ambulance company when he drove off the shoulder of the road, causing the ambulance to land in a ditch. A non-emergency patient later identified as Wilton Thomason Jr., 66, was found dead.
At this time, McCorvey faces DUI charges, homicide by vehicle second degree, failure to maintain lane, and possession of an open container. During his first appearance in court, McCorvey was denied bond and will remain in the Fulton County jail.
The Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is assisting in the investigation into the fatal crash in Fairburn.
Accidents occur daily in Georgia, but it’s not every day an ambulance crashes into a ditch. A person who survives an ambulance crash can file a compensation claim. If the victim dies, their legal beneficiaries can file an action for wrongful death. Here, they will recover economic and non-economic damages, which also cover funeral and burial expenses.
Contact the Law Office of John B. Jackson today to learn how our experienced Georgia personal injury lawyers can help you.