Wilmington Island, GA — Police in Savannah announced that the woman who was responsible for a fatal pedestrian accident on Wilmington Island last Thursday has been identified as Jessica Krebs, 25. Police said that 35-year old Jonathan Edwards was hit and killed along Johnny Mercer Boulevard after he was hit by Krebs’ car.

The accident happened just after midnight, police said, and Krebs fled the scene after striking Edwards. She later called the police and said that her windshield was cracked. After some investigation, she was charged with DUI, hit-and-run, and first degree vehicular homicide.

Further investigation is ongoing.

Scene of the Accident

Commentary:

I don’t know all the details here, so I don’t want to start making assumptions where they’re not needed. On the other hand, however, I think that more people need to understand that alcohol-related accidents, many times, involve more than just the driver and the victim. Sometimes, a third party is introduced to the mix: a bar or restaurant. Now, this is worth mentioning because the State of Georgia, like many other states, maintains that a bar shall not furnish or sell alcohol to a patron who is 1) noticeably intoxicated and 2) will drive home soon. But regardless of the whether a bartender knows if someone is going to be driving home, they shouldnever make it their practice to serve as much alcohol as possible to their customers. To do so, in my opinion, is complete and utter negligence and they ought to held accountable alongside with the driver. I realize this can be a hot-button issue, but think about it this way: a lawsuit against a bar takes away that financial incentive to serve more alcohol. Furthermore, it punishes them and sets an example for other bars/restaurants. I’m not saying that’s what happened here, necessarily, but isn’t it a good idea to be tough on these bars?

 

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