A 52-year-old North Carolina man faces charges of displaying a driver's license known to be suspended, driving with a revoked license and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle following his involvement in a truck accident that left a 71-year-old woman dead. The man was given a $10,000 secured bond and released to await an upcoming court date.
Authorities say the truck crash occurred after the suspect stopped his dump truck at a stop sign, but failed to yield to the victim's oncoming car. The suspect began to turn left, prompting the victim to swerve to the left in order to avoid striking the truck. However, she was unable to dodge the dump truck, causing the vehicles to collide at the intersection and then spin out in separate directions.
The victim died in the crash, while her two passengers suffered injuries in the crash. Emergency rescue workers were forced to rescue the passengers from the wreckage before transporting them to a nearby medical center to receive treatment. Both victims, 37 and 51, were listed in good condition at last report. All of the individuals involved in the crash were wearing safety belts at the time.
Police say the victim's vehicle was traveling at about 45 miles per hour at the time of the accident, while the suspect's dump truck was traveling at approximately 5 miles per hour. A trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol explained that although the fatal crash was unintentional, the suspect is criminally liable for the death because he failed to yield right-of-way to the victim.
According to another trooper, the suspect submitted a blood sample to establish whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. The trooper explained that state law requires mandatory toxicology tests when the driver of a commercial vehicle is involved in a fatal crash. He estimated that the results of the test would not be released for several months due to a backlog of cases.
Source: The Dispatch, "Dump truck driver charged in death of woman," Darrick Ignasiak, Feb. 4, 2013