A 50-year-old North Carolina man faces jail time after being arrested in connection to a truck accident that left a tow truck driver dead. The suspect faces numerous criminal charges, including driving while impaired, felony hit and run and second degree murder. Police say the man has 11 previous license revocations and eight DWI convictions on his criminal record. He has been detained on $1 million bail and is presumed to be a flight risk, as he has no permanent ties to the area.
Police say the fatal accident at the center of the case occurred when the suspect drove his box truck into a 55-year-old tow truck driver as he attempted to assist a motorist. The victim died due to the collision, though it is unclear where he was when the accident occurred. The suspect reportedly did not stop after striking the victim and fled the area, but was pulled over nine miles away by a local police officer.
The suspect requested that he be assigned a public defender and that his bail be lowered. However, the District Attorney cited the man's extensive criminal history in arguing against such a move, contending that the suspect has "several convictions from around the state indicate a serious drug history - or alcohol."
Information from the Department of Corrections show the man has received eight DWI convictions between July 1984 and November 2011. He has also been convicted for failing to stop after an accident and assaulting a police officer. He was arrested as recently as September 2012 for a probation violation and is scheduled to appear at a hearing for unrelated larceny case in later November.
While the man already faces criminal charges, the victim's family could potentially file a wrongful death lawsuit against him. If successful, this would grant the family with monetary damages compensating them for the pain and suffering incurred by the loss of their loved one.
Source: Yellow Tape, "Tow truck driver killed Sunday night," F.T. Norton, Nov. 5, 2012