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1 killed, 2 injured in North Carolina wreck

A 70-year-old woman from Kenly was killed recently on I-95 after a Staten Island man driving a Mazda RX-8 erratically through the pre-holiday weekend traffic slammed into the back of her Ford Taurus. Her 54-year-old passenger, also of Kenly, received only minor injuries in the fatal accident. The driver of the Mazda was taken by helicopter to Greenville's Vidant Medical Center, according to information provided by a sergeant with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Investigation revealed that the man was weaving in and out of traffic before running into the back of the Taurus at a high rate of speed and "literally shoving it forward," said the sergeant. He attributes the wreck to carelessness and recklessness and suspects that alcohol played a role in his poor driving. Traffic was backed up while troopers investigated the scene. There was gridlock from Mile Marker 120 near the exit for Raleigh Road Parkway.

The 67-year-old Mazda driver will face multiple charges upon his release from the hospital. The district attorney's office is already involved; charges already pending include felony death by motor vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, careless and reckless driving, failure to decrease speed and expired inspection and registration. Last year, during the Independence Day holiday weekend, state troopers report that there were 14 fatalities and 561 collisions with injuries statewide. The total of alcohol-related deaths on North Carolina roads in 2013 was 353. Those who suffer injuries from another driver's negligence or survivors who lose loved ones are not without recourse. They can pursue claims against the driver and his insurance company and if dissatisfied with the settlement offer, have the option of filing suit in the civil court system.

Source: The Wilson Times, "N.Y. man faces multiple charges in I-95 wreck after Kenly woman dies," July 3, 2014.

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