After running a red light and driving through a Durham, North Carolina intersection, the 18-year-old driver of a passenger car lost control and veered into the side of a van. The collision knocked the van on its side, while the car struck two more vehicles before coming to a stop.
Two people died and two others were injured as a result of a hit-and-run crash that occurred in Raleigh on Nov. 1. According to reports, the accident happened around 12:30 a.m. in the intersection of New Bern Avenue and Trawick Road.
At around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, a tractor-trailer failed to stop near a construction zone on 52 North near Rural Hall, striking five vehicles from behind. According to the Rural Hall Fire Department's assistant chief, three people died in the crash, but highway patrol only reports two fatalities.
A 25-year-old Bolivia man traveling in a 1992 Lincoln allegedly caused a head-on collision with a 2009 Mercury on Oct. 23, killing a 62-year-old driver. The fatal accident occurred at around 3:40 p.m. near Collins Drive on Highway 72. According to Highway Patrol, the man was driving 75 mph in an eastbound lane when his car traveled across the center line and struck the Lumberton woman's vehicle.
According to police, a 21-year-old driver failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle at an intersection in Greensboro on Oct. 4. The impact reportedly caused the vehicle that was hit to roll over onto its roof.
A 70-year-old woman from Kenly was killed recently on I-95 after a Staten Island man driving a Mazda RX-8 erratically through the pre-holiday weekend traffic slammed into the back of her Ford Taurus. Her 54-year-old passenger, also of Kenly, received only minor injuries in the fatal accident. The driver of the Mazda was taken by helicopter to Greenville's Vidant Medical Center, according to information provided by a sergeant with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Investigation revealed that the man was weaving in and out of traffic before running into the back of the Taurus at a high rate of speed and "literally shoving it forward," said the sergeant. He attributes the wreck to carelessness and recklessness and suspects that alcohol played a role in his poor driving. Traffic was backed up while troopers investigated the scene. There was gridlock from Mile Marker 120 near the exit for Raleigh Road Parkway.
The family of a 15-year-old student athlete who died after being hit by a golf cart while he volunteered at a high school-sponsored football camp recently reached a million dollar settlement agreement, thus avoiding a trial. The recreational camp in Elizabeth City was open to community members and high school athletes were assisting the coach on the day of the fatal accident. According to his deposition in the lawsuit, the varsity football coach requested that some student athletes use the cart to bring some water coolers off of the football field and move them to the gym.