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According to N.C. Highway Patrol, 21-year-old Ryan Worthington was killed early last Friday in a car that crashed that driven by a drunk driver. State troopers have charged a Pitt County woman with driving under the influence after the accident killed a passenger in her car.

Authorities say 21-year-old Ryan Worthington was killed on Worthington Rd., near D.H. Conley High School in Pitt County. Worthington was a passenger in the car driven by 21-year-old Carla Atallah, according to troopers. They say Worthington was thrown from the car when it flipped, and he died from his injuries. The car accident happened at 2:30 a.m. on Friday. Online court records show the 21-year-old woman has at least one other pending DWI charge.

Drinking and driving is one of the leading causes of death among teens. One or more accidents/deaths, from drinking and driving, occur every 30 minutes. So many teens like to drink to "have a good time" and then they try to drive home. I just wish there was some way to make them understand the consequences and that it’s not worth it.

Many people think that it can’t happen to them. The truth is, it can happen to anyone. It not only takes lives every thirty minutes, it affects and ruins lives as well. It hurts when families lose a daughter, son or dear friend all because of a drunk driver. It also hurts to know that you were the drunk 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:, 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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