A 50-year-old truck driver will serve between 48 and 60 months in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter for his involvement in a fatal truck crash that killed five people in North Carolina. Family members of those victims protested the sentence, arguing that it was too light and constitutes a "miscarriage of justice." They could potentially file one or multiple wrongful death lawsuits against the man in order to seek justice in civil court and demand compensation for their relatives' deaths, though it is unclear whether they plan on doing so.
Five people were hospitalized following a traffic accident involving four people on U.S. 321 in North Carolina. Authorities believe the crash occurred when the driver of a semi-truck became distracted by the scene of another nearby accident, causing the truck to slam into several other vehicles. An official with the North Carolina Highway Patrol said the driver will likely face criminal charges but did not specify what those charges would be.
A 52-year-old North Carolina man faces charges of displaying a driver's license known to be suspended, driving with a revoked license and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle following his involvement in a truck accident that left a 71-year-old woman dead. The man was given a $10,000 secured bond and released to await an upcoming court date.
A 68-year-old man was killed after his car collided with a semi-truck. The accident occurred several days after the victim was appointed interim manager for a North Carolina county, leaving officials uncertain regarding his replacement. Troopers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol said the accident occurred at approximately 5:41 p.m.
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.
A North Carolina circuit court judge and her teenage daughter sustained injuries after being struck by a semi-truck on their way to a college orientation. While the crash ultimately prompted the mother and daughter to seek treatment at a hospital, they said they felt "fortunate to have escaped it without injury or death."
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.
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.
A North Carolina woman and her 1-year-old child are dead following a fatal collision with a semi-truck hauling 15 tons of concrete. Emergency response personnel who arrived at the crash site to help the victims extended their sympathies to the victims' family. One firefighter explained, "Anytime we deal with something like this it is really tough for our guys. And always our thoughts are with the family and what they may be going through."