The driver in a DUI crash in Georgia in which a teenager was killed on Klondike Road in Lithonia almost three years ago has been sentenced.
Back on October 13, 2018, 18-year-old Kennedy Segars was rear-ended after she came to a stop at a traffic light.
She suffered a traumatic head injury and died two days after the DUI crash in Georgia.
The other driver, 55-year-old Reginald Stubbs, was charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, reckless driving, and following too closely.
He was found guilty on Friday and given a maximum sentence of 16 years in prison.
Stubbs said he had no memory of the accident but he apologized for the pain he caused. He said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in the military and that contributed to the three DUIs on his record.
Even though he underwent treatment for alcohol abuse, he continued to drink and drive, the court heard.
Segars’ mother, Quvada Moreland, said her life had been changed forever.
In addition, the family said they agreed with the verdict but Stubbs’ excuses were upsetting. Segars’ father, who said he too was a veteran with PTSD, walked out of the courtroom at one point but returned at his wife’s urging.
Police officers who visited the scene of the crash said Stubbs was going at almost 50 miles per hour when he struck Segars’ car and it didn’t appear that he tried to stop.
Stubbs’ blood alcohol level was two times the legal limit. He told officers who he’d had multiple drinks and also taken pain medication.
During one hearing, a detective said Stubbs admitted to consuming three margaritas, three beers, and a shot of alcohol every time Georgia scored a goal in a game against Louisiana State University.
If your loved one was killed in a crash caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Seek advice from a Georgia car accident lawyer.