An East Carolina University student was killed and five others were hurt after a four-vehicle crash on Dec. 10 in Greenville. The deceased was a freshman female who was going to major in nursing.
A local TV station reported that a black Dodge Charger ran a red light at the intersection of West Blvd. and Billy Graham Parkway at 2 AM Sunday in Greenville. The Charger slammed into the passenger side of a BMW, which then went into the southbound lanes and hit two other vehicles. The deceased college student was a passenger in the BMW.
The driver of the Charger has been charged with driving under the influence of an impairing substance, felony death by motor vehicle and driving without a license. The driver of the BMW also has been charged with drinking under the age of 21. The injured suffered minor injuries. The local police reported that alcohol and speed were factors in the fatal North Carolina crash.
Our North Carolina personal injury attorneys are saddened at the loss of this young woman in a drunk driving accident. It is so unfortunate that yet another life has been lost to drinking and driving in North Carolina. More than 11,000 people are killed in DUI crashes in the US every year; this means that a human life is lost in our country every 45 minutes.
People who drink and drive in North Carolina should know that if they injure or kill others, they can face severe criminal penalties, including years in state prison. Once you get out of prison, trying to find a job with a felony record can often be impossible.
In addition, drunk driving victims and family members of the deceased from a drunk driving accident can sue for financial damages in civil court. Some of the damages that the family can obtain are pain and suffering, lost wages and funeral costs and/or medical costs. Also, people who were extremely intoxicated during the accident may be sued for punitive damages if their conduct is proven to be wanton, willful or malicious.
Our North Carolina drunk driving attorneys are proud to file civil lawsuits against convicted drunk drivers in Virginia and North Carolina. We represented an injured man in Norfolk, Virginia who was struck on a sidewalk outside his gym by a drunk driver. We were pleased to secure a $100,000 settlement for this man, so that he could recover from his serious leg injuries.