18-year-old RMA Cadet, Mingyu Gao, succumbed to injuries this week, following a Friday evening pedestrian accident on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Duluth, February 28, 2014.
According to The Gainesville Times, Mr. Gao, a Riverside Military Academy cadet, was crossing Peachtree Industrial Boulevard with another RMA student when they were struck by a vehicle. Both students were rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center, where Mr. Gao tragically succumbed to injuries on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The other young victim has been released.
Advocates for pedestrian rights and personal injury attorneys at The Murray Law Firm are following this tragedy and question whether distraction or speed were factors in the driver's failure to notice these young students.
Why did the driver fail to notice the two students? Was the driver engaged in texting or other distractions at the time of the accident?
How fast was the vehicle traveling? Did speed play a role in the driver's inability to stop or swerve in time?
As the details of this accident continue to emerge, the family of Mingyu Gao may elect to hold the driver civilly liable for his wrongful death. Such a claim would serve as a gravely needed reminder to all Georgia drivers of the perils of distracted driving. Additional claims may also be filed by the other young victim of this crash. Total recovery may be in the millions of dollars and will demand Duluth officials re-evaluate pedestrian safety measures in this area. Through improved street lighting, pedestrian lanes and caution signals, many other lives may be spared.
Our sincere condolences are with the Gao family. The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims and families devasted by 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.