On Sunday, December 28, 2014, a driver who struck a pedestrian on West Morganton Road was killed by a subsequent vehicle which struck both the driver and the pedestrian. The pedestrian suffered serious injury and is still in the hospital.
The accident took place at night near Southern Pines, when the first victim, an 18-year-old young woman, was hit by a car operated by a driver from Pinehurst. The driver got out of his vehicle to help the young woman he hit, but after the initial crash, a second driver struck both of the individuals at the scene.
Both victims were transported to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hopsital, where the first driver died due to the severity of his injuries. The young woman was last reported to be in serious condition. Our condolences go out to all the victims in this terrible accident, and we hope the young woman makes a full recovery from her injuries.
In multiple-vehicle accidents, determining the at-fault driver is not a clear-cut process. In a personal injury case, the plaintiff has the burden of proving that the defendant was negligent, meaning that they failed to use reasonable care in their driving. This can be difficult when it may seem that several of the drivers involved in the accident were at-fault.