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Fayetteville, North Carolina Judge Declares Hit and Run Driver not fit for Trial

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A Fayetteville, North Carolina (NC) judge declared the driver of several fatal hit and run accidents in 2004 not fit for trial today. Thirty year old Abdullah El-Amin Shareef of Raeford, North Carolina (NC) is pending trial for a hit and run rampage that injured four people and killed one.

The hit and run accidents first occurred on April 14, 2004 in Fayetteville, North Carolina (NC) when Abdullah El-Amin Shareef stole a city owned van and headed northbound. He hit three men in Fayetteville before heading to Linden where he hit and killed Lonel Bass.

After the hit and run accident with Lonel Bass, Shareef took Bass’ pick up truck and continued north bound where he hit another vehicle in Harnett County. Police were finally able to apprehend Shareef in Fuquay-Varina, when the stolen pick up truck crashed in to another vehicle.

One hit and run victim, Seth Thompson, was able to enter his own vehicle and follow Shareef while speaking to 911 operators on the phone. Seth Thompson’s actions may have aided local police in locating Shareef and Thompson was fortunate to not sustain major injuries. However, Lonel Bass unfortunately lost his life in the hit and run spree.

Since the accident, Shareef has been pending trial for one count of murder and four counts of attempted murder. The Fayetteville judge who decided on the ruling felt that Shareef needed additional mental evaluation and treatment before he could stand trial in the case.

Hit and run accidents can happen to anyone. While some can be avoided, not all can. If you find yourself the victim of a hit and run accident, try and remain alert if possible. Like in the case of Seth Thompson, properly identifying the driver and model of the vehicle can go a long way in helping the police find the driver.

Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), with an office also in Elizabeth City, in Northeast North Carolina (NC), practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our Carolina injury law website is: http://carolina.hsinjurylaw.com, the firm edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard and also hosts a YouTube injury law video library covering many FAQ’s on personal injury subjects. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.

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