My heart sank today when I saw the 11alive news report about a young woman killed in an auto accident this morning involving a suspected drunk driver. The 24 year old woman was driving with her boyfriend, her 2 year old son, and 7 month old daughter on I-20 East when they were struck by a vehicle traveling the wrong way on the interstate. Atlanta Police say the wrong-way driver, identified as Robert Ayiteyfio, fled the scene on foot but was later apprehended. He has been charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, and driving the wrong way on the interstate.
As a Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer that regularly represents crime victims and as a father of 2 it was particularly moving to see the deceased woman’s father tearful plea to would be drunk drivers. The father delivered this message today from Grady Hospital, where his 7 month old granddaughter remains in critical condition. “I lost a daughter this morning. For all of you DUI drivers out there, please stop. Please. I’m begging you. Please, this hurts.”
This family is going to have a difficult road ahead as they try and recover from this tragic collision. Pehaps anyone out there that hears the hurt and loss in this father’s voice will have second thoughts about getting behind the wheel when intoxicated. My prayers go out to the victims of this tragic crime.