Drugs and Fatigue Both Cited as Potential Causes of Fatal I-85 Crash
Posted on May 16, 2011
Last month, an I-85 accident killed a motorist and injured a state trooper. The accident occurred on Thursday afternoon April 21, 2011.
According to reports of the accident, 28-year-old Paul Burgess was driving south on I-85 when he rear-ended a Nissan Rouge traveling in front of him. That collision caused the Nissan to crash into a disabled van that was on the center median. The driver of the van, 51-year-old Donald Moore, was standing between the car and the concrete center median with State Trooper Brandon Kight. Mr. Moore and Trooper Kight were attempting to repair a flat tire at the time of the crash and were stuck between the car and the concrete barrier after the crash.
Mr. Moore was taken to Atlanta Medical Center where he died on April 22. Trooper Kight suffered nonlife threatening injuries.
Mr. Burgess is facing criminal charges including vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of prescription drugs, serious injury by vehicle and following too closely. Mr. Burgess's attorney alleges that the cause of the accident was fatigue.
We extend our sincere condolences to the family of Donald Moore and our very best wishes to State Trooper Kight for a speedy and complete recovery after this Georgia car crash.