A North Carolina man believed to be homeless was killed after being struck by at least three cars as he walked along a roadway in western North Carolina. The victim was reportedly dragged for five miles following the initial collision, inflicting serious injuries that ultimately lead to his death.
A worker with the North Carolina Department of Transportation is dead following a dump truck accident on a stretch of state highway that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The accident left the highway closed for several hours after. Authorities have reopened the roadway during daylight hours, but traffic is limited to four-wheel drive vehicles due to potentially hazardous conditions remaining from the recent storms.
A 44-year-old man faces reckless driving and misdemeanor death by vehicle charges in connection to a North Carolina traffic accident that left his girlfriend dead. According to a report from the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the truck crash occurred when the driver lost control of his 18-wheeler, causing the vehicle to fly over an off-ramp guardrail near a connection between two Interstate highways. Both the driver and his girlfriend, who was sleeping inside the truck's cab at the time of the accident, sustained serious injuries requiring treatment at a medical care facility. The woman died several hours later. Police say the truck appeared to have been traveling roughly 30 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.
The parent company of an increasingly popular restaurant chain will pay $1.1 million to the family of a North Carolina man after he was killed in a fiery car crash. The fatal accident occurred when one of the restaurant's employees slammed into the victim's car from behind, pushing it into a concrete wall and causing it to explode in flames. The 32-year-old employee was charged with felony DUI after registering a blood alcohol level of 0.24 during a breathalyzer test. The suspect was released from jail after paying $52,349 in bail. He was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
An official for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service's mental health division is dead following an accident in which he was struck by a log truck while riding his bicycle. The 27-year-old truck driver was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.
Teens throughout the nation embrace the summertime sun and fun during their break from the stressors of school. Kids are eager to create new memories with their friends during the summer months and for many, one of the rights-of-passage is to receive their driver's license and celebrate the accomplishment with their peers. Sadly, the excitement of receiving a new license is quickly dashed when a driver's inexperience leads to heartbreaking injury and death for a small community.
A 17-year-old high school student is dead following a traffic wreck in North Carolina. The girl was involved in an accident with a box truck. The fatal truck accident reportedly had a profound impact on her classmates, prompting school administrators to send crisis teams consisting of social workers, counselors and psychologists to the school to help the students cope with the victim's death.