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Mother dies, her child critical after alleged DUI crash

Police have arrested a man that they say is responsible for a deadly car crash in North Carolina. According to police reports, the fatal accident occurred as the 31-year-old suspect was allegedly speeding in his sport utility vehicle and drove through a red stop light. The suspect then allegedly struck a car on its side, causing both vehicles to slide across the intersection before stopping.

The 26-year-old driver of the second vehicle sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. Her 4-year-old child was taken to a medical facility with severe injuries. He remains there, where his condition is listed as critical but stable. The suspect was not injured.

Following the crash, police performed a breathalyzer test on the man and determined that he was driving while under the influence of alcohol. Although North Carolina's legal limit is .08 percent, the suspect had a restriction on his driving record due to a previous DWI conviction, prohibiting him from driving with a blood alcohol concentration above .04 percent. Police arrested the man for DWI at the scene and took him to a county jail. He was later charged with felony serious injury by motor vehicle, failure to comply with license restrictions and second-degree murder.

The city's Major Crash Investigation Unit is currently conducting an investigation of the accident. A detective with the unit explained the area has seen more than 40 DWI accidents in the past year.

As this case goes into criminal court, the family of the woman and her child may choose to seek compensation in civil court to cover funeral and medical costs, as well as lost wages and for pain and suffering.

Source: WBTV, "Woman killed, child injured when drunk driver ran red light, police say," Ron Lee, Nov. 28, 2011

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