A 20-year-old woman faces criminal charges following her involvement in a serious crash that left a North Carolina motorcyclist dead. The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirmed that the suspect does not appear to have been intoxicated at the time of the fatal motorcycle crash, adding that speed was not a factor in the crash. However, the woman was ultimately found to be responsible for the fatal accident.
North Carolina traffic wrecks can leave motorcyclists with severe and life-threatening injuries, including bone fractures, soft-tissue damage, brain damage and paralysis. These accidents can even lead to death. In many cases, motorcycle crashes are caused by the negligent, aggressive or otherwise wrongful behavior, or other motorists. The families of those who have been killed in traffic accidents may be able to recover damages compensating them their pain and suffering by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Individuals interested in such a course of action should contact an experienced North Carolina attorney for more information.
Sources with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol say the accident occurred as the victim was traveling northbound on a county road on his motorcycle. As he approached an intersection with NC 43, the suspect reportedly pulled her sedan in front of him in order to continue south on the highway, causing the two vehicles to slam into each other. The impact caused the victim to fly off his motorcycle and onto the roadway. Emergency medical personnel arrived and transported the man to a nearby medical center to receive treatment. He died from his injuries after being admitted. It is not clear whether the victim was wearing a helmet or other protective gear at the time of the accident.
The suspect was not hurt in the crash. Authorities arrested her several days later on charges of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. She was released from police custody after submitting a written promise to appear at an upcoming hearing.
Source: New Bern Sun Journal, "Woman charged in connection with Sunday's fatal crash on N.C. 43," Jan. 16, 2013