The police responded to reports of a fatal crash in Gwinnett County on Interstate-85 after several people called 911 to report that a van was on its side in the middle of the highway at about 6:30 pm on Saturday, April 24. The callers also indicated that the van was on fire.
When the rescue crews and officers arrived on the scene, they found a passenger van with 16 people inside. The vehicle, a 2002 15-person passenger Dodge Ram van, was flipped on its side near the guardrail in the Northbound lanes of the highway. The van belonged to a sober living house called “We Are the Proof”.
The vehicle was being driven by 32-year-old Monica Manire. Reports indicate that she does not work for the home, but this has not yet been confirmed. Witnesses indicated that the vehicle changed lanes in a reckless manner, causing the driver to lose control of the van. It then flipped onto its side, skidding across two lanes and slamming into the guardrail. It then burst into flames.
When the police arrived at the scene of the fatal crash in Gwinnett County, the van was still in flames. Rescue personnel rushed 9 passengers to the hospital with burns, cuts and bruises. Sadly, 6 other women were killed. All of the women were residents of the sober living home and were from Georgia.
The driver has been arrested and charged with a slew of offenses including first degree vehicular homicide. The NHTSA commented that the van was supposed to have no more than 15 passengers for safety reasons. They also indicated that these vans can be a safety risk, especially when driven by somebody who isn’t experienced.
If your loved one is hurt or killed in any sort of accident, make sure to call a Georgia car accident attorney right away.