A driver who fled police in Charlotte, North Carolina (NC), on the night of August 25, 2017, now faces charges for killing his passenger and injuring a mother and her 2-year-old child in another car. The deadly crash happened a little before 11 pm near the intersection of Beatties Ford Road and French Street.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police told reporters that the pursuit of the at-fault driver started at gas station on Beatties Ford Road. The suspect sped through two red lights before slamming into the back of a Dodge sedan. That rear-end collision cased the fleeing driver to lose control and crash into a brick wall.
The first impact left the mother and young child in the Dodge with injuries that required hospital treatment. A woman riding in the suspect’s car was declared dead at the scene. The police have filed preliminary charges for
- Felony death by motor vehicle,
- Involuntary manslaughter,
- Careless and reckless driving,
- Possession of drug paraphernalia,
- Driving while impaired, and
- Driving on a revoked license
According to section 20.140 of the North Carolina Code:
- Any person who drives any vehicle upon a highway or any public vehicular area carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others shall be guilty of reckless driving.
- Any person who drives any vehicle upon a highway or any public vehicular area without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property shall be guilty of reckless driving.
News reports indicate the fleeing driver was speeding and operating without headlights or taillights, Police also found him smelling of alcohol and possibly under the influence of drugs. That evidence prompted the felony charge for causing a death while driving. Section 20-141.4(a1) of the Code makes it a serious crime to kill someone as a result of driving while impaired.
Prosecuting the criminal offense that led to two innocent people suffering injuries and another individual losing her life will satisfy just half of the demand for justice. The reckless and impaired driver should also be made to pay compensation and damages. Since he had his driver’s license revoked, however, he may not carry insurance.
Working with a caring and experienced Carolina personal injury lawyer and wrongful death attorney will help the victims explore their options for filing uninsured motorist claims. A designated family member can act as the claimant on behalf of the deceased passenger. Even though the victims would be dealing with their own insurance companies, the claims process would likely be complicated and drawn out. Enlisting the help of a legal ally could help them overcome obstacles.