Are there different types of vehicular homicide?
Vehicular homicide, in both degrees here in Georgia, is always serious because somebody passed away. There’s a death that the government is dealing with. Vehicular homicide in the first degree is the most serious, punishable by 15 years in prison. And how that occurs is when somebody dies, and the resulting party either was DUI, fleeing an officer, overtaking a school bus, reckless driving, or even a hit and run. So, it’s not a good idea if you have an accident, ever, to leave the scene, ’cause if somebody later dies, you can be charged with vehicular homicide in the first degree.
Now, vehicular homicide in the second degree is essentially everything else – every other moving violation. You turn left in front of a motorcyclist. You rear-end someone, and someone dies as a result of a traffic collision. You can be charged with vehicular homicide.