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Speeding driver causes triple-fatality crash

Newly released information about a May 5 crash in Davidson County reveals that the three victims died after their vehicle struck a utility pole and flipped. The victims all suffered catastrophic injuries that were ultimately fatal, according to local officials.

Authorities report that the trio was traveling east on Central Avenue toward Sink Inn Road at about 4 a.m. on Sunday, May 5. The 30-year-old driver reportedly ran off the right side of the road, causing the car to strike an embankment and then smash into a utility pole. The car then flipped several times before coming to rest upside down on the right-hand side of the road. A power line then struck the vehicle, causing the car to catch fire. The driver and two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene, while two other passengers escaped with minor injuries. The decedents included two young men, aged 24 and 35. A 23-year-old man and 28-year-old woman survived.

It appears that the driver was exceeding the speed limit at the time of the crash, qualifying her driving as reckless and careless, according to investigators. The driver was reportedly traveling at about 65 mph in a 45-mph zone, striking the embankment and pole at about 55 mph.

Authorities responded to the scene because of a power surge in the line that struck the vehicle; that event caused a house alarm to activate in the neighborhood.

Family members of the decedents could seek financial compensation for wrongful death in this case. They could also look to recover damages for loss of consort, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Further, the survivors of the crash could sue the dead driver's estate for financial compensation related to their medical bills, in addition to emotional distress because of the psychological trauma of surviving such a wreck. These victims would be well-advised to contact a personal injury attorney to help them understand more about their legal rights.

Source:  the-dispatch.com, "Report reveals more details in triple fatality crash" Darrick Ignasiak, May. 09, 2013

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