A chain-reaction crash in New Hanover County, North Carolina (NC), left three people injured. The wreck occurred south of Wilmington on the afternoon of May 24, 2015, at the intersection of Carolina Beach Road and Wellborn Road.
The at-fault driver set the incident in motion when he approached of line of stopped cars at an unsafe speed. He rear-ended the last vehicle, which then collided with two others. All the injured individuals were in those cars. The victims are expected to recover.
After causing the accident, the at-fault driver fled on foot, and police apprehended him less than an hour later. He now faces charges for driving while intoxicated, causing a hit-and-run collision and failing to reduce his speed. News reports do not indicate whether the man was impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Taking the wheel after getting high or drunk is dangerous and irresponsible. No one disputes those truths. Fleeing the scene of an accident is equally inexcusable, though it is also somewhat predictable behavior from someone who makes the first poor choice to drive while intoxicated. My Carolina personal injury law firm colleagues and I know that the two things often go hand-in-hand, along with a troubling tendency for hit-and-run drivers to have no or inadequate insurance coverage. Such people put others' at risk for suffering physically and financially from crashes before they even get into the driver's seat.
The victims of this hit-and-run rear-ender may need to rely on their own insurance to receive reimbursement for doctors' bills, lost income and property damage. That may help them get back on their feet, but it falls well short of holding the person who caused them harm accountable.