A 55-year-old man is dead following a fatal North Carolina car accident police claim was caused by a drunk driver. The 20-year-old driver thought responsible for the crash has been arrested and charged with felony death by vehicle, driving after drinking under the age of 21, DWI and involuntary manslaughter.
Drunk driving accidents kill thousands of people on North Carolina roadways every year. In some cases, the families of those killed in such wrecks can recover damages in compensation for their loss by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party.
Authorities believe that the fatal accident occurred as the victim was driving with his family. As the family passed another vehicle, the drunk driver lost control of his car and veered across the center line, colliding with the family's vehicle. A witness who lives near the crash site rushed to the scene soon after the accident. He claims the crash left the victim unconscious.
The witness said he was hopeful that the victim would survive the crash, but was later informed by police that the man had died while being transported to a hospital for treatment. The man's wife was treated for injuries at the hospital and released soon after. Details regarding the medical condition of the victim's surviving family members were unavailable. The suspect sustained minor injuries.
A family friend of the victim expressed his remorse upon hearing of the accident. "I'm ill now," he explained. "I was upset that [the victim] passed away, but I'm ill that it was caused by a drunk driver, because it didn't have to happen."
Source: WSOCTV.com, "Man charged with felony death by vehicle after fatal accident," June 16, 2012