Seven months after a motorcycle rider died in a fatal Macon accident, the driver involved was arrested and charged. The U.S. Marshall’s Office took the suspect into custody on Thursday, October 14th. They arrested 21-year-old Erika Jade Mixter of Lizelle at an office on Coliseum Drive.
The suspect was booked into the Bibb County Jail for first-degree vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. Mixter’s arrest is in connection with the March 11th death of Frank Blake, 68. The collision happened on Emery Highway in east Macon.
The police are holding the woman without bond. During her first appearance before a magistrate court on Friday, October 15th, the judge, after denying her bail, noted that her charges also include speeding and the DUI charge is drug-related.
The information released by the police at the time described the fatal Macon accident as one where a motorcycle collided with a vehicle. It happened where Womack Street intersects at Emery Highway, about a block east of Coliseum Drive. Blake had a passenger on his motorcycle who survived the crash. If convicted of the charges, Mixter faces years in prison.
When accidents like this happen, the victim’s family has the right to seek compensation from the at-fault party. For this to happen, they must commence a wrongful death claim. If they win, the family will get economic and non-economic damages, including funeral and burial expenses.
However, for the victim to file a wrongful death action, the victim must have been eligible to commence a personal injury claim had they lived. Furthermore, Georgia law limits those who can commence this lawsuit.
At Bethune Law Firm, we offer free initial consultations. Contact one of our Macon car accident lawyers if you lose a loved one to an accident.