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April 2013 Archives

Woman pleads guilty in deadly DUI crash

A 69-year-old woman has been convicted of several felony counts in connection with the drunk-driving death of an 89-year-old resident of Sunset Beach. The driver pleaded guilty to two charges in connection with the victim's wrongful death, including felony death by motor vehicle and felony serious injury by motor vehicle. The suspect was sentenced to more than a year's prison time, according to media reports.

Greensboro Accident Suspect Flees State

A 25-year--old hit-and--run suspect from North Carolina appears to have fled to Texas to avoid charges in connection with a recent car accident. The man is accused of striking and killing a man on a moped at about 6 p.m. on March 30 while driving on Liberty Road. Authorities report that the 64-year-old victim died shortly after arriving at the hospital. The suspect in this case will face both criminal charges and possible civil liability for wrongful death.

North Carolina crash takes 3 lives, injures others

A long mountain section of Interstate 77 near the North Carolina state line was closed as authorities investigated a massive traffic pileup and workers cleaned debris from almost 100 vehicles. The 17 chain reaction crashes occurred on a foggy Sunday afternoon, leaving three people dead and at least another 25 with injuries. Officials say that between six and eight vehicles caught fire following the fatal accident. The smoke worsened the poor visibility caused by the extensive fog, which one University of North called "most dense [he had] ever seen."

University of North Carolina Wrightsville Beach settles wrongful death suit

The University of North Carolina Wrightsville Beach (UNCW) will pay $150,000 to the family of an 18-year-old man who died after police mistakenly shot him through his house's front door after they arrived to serve an arrest warrant. The North Carolina Industrial Commission, which oversees compensation in all law enforcement-related claims in the state, said that UNCW will contribute an additional $100,000 to a new fund designed to better train and accredit police officers employed by the university.

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