Over two months ago, Jean Laltrello was killed in a
car accident which occurred on a Carroll County, Georgia roadway. Now, her family is
pleading for law enforcement officials in order to bring the driver responsible
for the accident to justice.
Laltrello’s family says that she was a special woman who was committed to her family and
volunteering. She had a zest for life and though she was seventy years
old, had more energy and was younger at heart than most.
Driver went airborne and landed on top of victim’s car.
The accident occurred on State Route 101, a two lane road. According to
an investigation conducted by Georgia State Patrol, the accident was caused
when a 24 year old male who was driving a pickup truck clipped another
truck, causing his vehicle to go airborne and land on top of Laltrello’s
car. Laltrello was driving on the opposite side of the two lane road.
Driver had an extensive traffic record; charges likely won’t be serious.
According to court records, the driver already had nearly a dozen traffic
related arrests or citations, including speeding and reckless driving,
at the time of accident which killed Laltrello. Based on the circumstances
of the accident and the driver’s prior traffic record, Laltrello’s
family is asking the Carrol Country district attorney to file felony charges
against the driver. However, according to sources close to the investigation,
if the driver is charged, it will likely be with a misdemeanor vehicular
homicide count because law enforcement officials don’t believe he
was acting recklessly at the time of the accident and because he was not
drunk. Law enforcement officials will not take the drivers traffic record
In a recent interview, Laltrello’s daughter, Dawn Fernander said
that as her family learned more about the circumstances of the accident
which killed her mother and the driver who caused the accident, their
grief turned into anger. She said that her family does not understand
how someone with such an extensive driving record and so many repeat offenses
for the same traffic violations would be allowed to drive on Georgia roadways,
endangering the lives of others.
Victim’s family may seek justice by filing a wrongful death action.
Even if law enforcement officials choose not to pursue criminal charges
against the driver who caused Laltrello’s death, her family still
has the option of seeking justice by filing a civil action for her wrongful death. A
wrongful death action would allow the family to seek compensation for the negligence that caused
Laltrello’s death including, both the victim and her family’s
pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one have been injured or if your loved one has been killed
in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligent driving,
you should contact an attorney immediately. An attorney can review the
facts of your case and determine whether you may be entitled to compensation
for your injuries and other losses.