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Fort Gordon Soldier Dies in Car Crash

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A tragic vehicle crash left a Fort Gordon solider dead after he was ejected from a truck on Friday, July 29th. The vehicle crash occurred on Gordon Highway near Fort Gordon Gate 2 leaving the eastbound lane of Gordon Highway east of Gate 2 closed for several hours.

A special crash investigation team was sent immediately to the scene of the crash.  According to WJBF News Channel 6, ABC, Charles Shinn, a 29 year old male from Topeka, Kansas, was riding as a passenger in a 1984 Chevrolet K5 Blazer, when he was ejected from the Blazer.  The truck rolled over on top of him and burst into flames.  Shinn tragically died.

Scott Gay, Special Operations with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Offices, told News Channel 6 the truck was headed East on Gordon Highway when it had a mechanical problem—the front passenger side tire fell of the truck.  Andrew Naranjo, 24 years old, was the driver and was taken to Georgia Health Science’s University Medical Center. 

Naranjo is now being charged with vehicular homicide in the second degree, operating an unsafe motor vehicle, and failure to maintain a lane. 

Car Crash Facts

Car crashes and tragic deaths resulting from those crashes happen every day.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approximately 5,811,000 traffic crashes were reported to the police in 2008.  In those crashes, 37,261 people were killed and 2,346,000 people were injured.  A primary cause of car accidents is driver distraction. The statute of limitations within which you can file a suit is 2 years.

Legal Help

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation.  There are several types of damages that are recoverable from car collisions including, but not limited to, the reimbursement for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.  Contact our Georgia Accident Lawyers to see how we can help.

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