UPDATE: Elizabeth Joy Lohmar, a Lawrenceville resident and student at Valdosta State University, perished Saturday from injuries sustained in an accident earlier last week. Ms. Lohmar was struck by a pickup truck while walking to school Wednesday afternoon. The tragedy has shaken the VSU and Lawrenceville communities. Investigators are questioning whether driver distraction was a factor in this tragedy.
21-year-old Valdosta State University student, Elizabeth Joy Lohmar, was walking to school Wednesday afternoon, February 5, 2014, when she was struck by a pickup truck and dragged for several yards.
According to witness reports, Ms. Lohmar was inside a North Patterson Street crosswalk, heading toward the university, when she was struck by a Chevrolet Silverado turning onto North Patterson from East College Street.
Witness Evan Fondren was also crossing the street at the time of the accident and reported, "She had the clear to walk from the traffic signal. He either didn't see her or was distracted."
The driver identified by The Valdosta Daily Times as 21-year-old Michael Laslie, reportedly stopped and dialed 911 while witness, Susan Jones, comforted Ms. Lohmar. "I ran to her to keep her calm and reassure her that help was on the way."
Ms. Lohmar was rushed to South Georgia Medical Center, sustaining multiple broken bones and head trauma. Tragically, she succumbed to her injuries early Saturday morning.
Attorneys at The Murray Law Firm protect victims of distracted drivers and are investigating this tragic accident.
Why did the driver fail to notice Ms. Lohmar and the crossing signals? Was he engaged in digital distractions, such as a cellphone, GPS or radio, a the time of the accident?
As the details of this accident continue to emerge, the family of Elizabeth Lohmar may elect to hold the driver civilly liable for her wrongful death. Such a claim would serve as a gravely needed reminder to all young drivers of the perils of distracted driving. Although legal proceedings are of little concern to a grieving family, it is crucial they retain an experienced personal injury firm as soon as possible to ensure all evidence is preserved and their best interests are protected.
Our prayers and sincere condolences are with the Lohmar family. The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of distracted drivers and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking legal representation or further information is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600 or toll free at 888.842.1616.