Two young women are dead after a hit-and-run driver slammed into their car in Raleigh, N.C. The fatal crash occurred at the intersection of New Bern Avenue and Trawick Road.
According to police reports, the two Wake Technical Community College students were passengers in a Honda sedan with three other people. The five of them were on their way to a Halloween party when the driver of a large, dark SUV ran a red light and smashed into the victims’ car. The driver of the SUV then sped off. Witnesses described the vehicle he was driving as similar to a Chevy Avalanche.
The hit-and-run driver was later found at his home by police, where he was attempting to hide evidence of the deadly accident. The 32 year-old Raleigh man has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and two counts of felony hit-and-run. He has also been charged with driving while his license was suspended and failing to stop at a red light.
At his arraignment, it was revealed that the hit-and-run driver has a history of driving under the influence and was actually deported from this country in 2011. In addition to the charges he faces in the fatal crash, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a detainer and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be taking him into custody.
The driver told the judge he had no money and would need to have a lawyer appointed to defend him. Given the defendant’s lack of possessing a valid driver’s license, as well as his fleeing the scene of the accident, it is very likely that he also did not have car insurance. Victims of hit-and-run or uninsured driver accidents, or the families of victims who are killed in these accidents, can still file for compensation for accident-related injuries and loss under the uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) clause contained in many automobile insurance policies.
Uninsured motorist coverage is highly misunderstood—it’s not premiums you pay for the uninsured or drunk of driver with no insurance. It is instead designed to provide you and your family members’ coverage when the uninsured or drunk driver causes injury or death and has NO insurance. Our law firm has written a free special report on this very topic.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a hit-and-run or uninsured driver, contact an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have.