Two teens died and a third sustained critical injuries when a vehicle ran off the road and struck them as they walked beside Highway 421 in Broadway, North Carolina (NC). The driver then fled the scene, leaving the State Highway Patrol to ask anyone who witnessed the fatal pedestrian crash or who may know the hit-and-run driver's identity to call (800) 334-7411.
The deadly wreck happened a little after 11 pm, shortly after the middle and high school students left a convenience store near McNeill Mill Road. Investigators confirmed that the walkers were not in the roadway, indicating they could expect to be safe from passing cars and trucks.
Since the driver who collided with the teenagers failed to stop and offer assistance or answer questions, no one can yet know why he or she lost control. Considering the time of the accident, possible explanations include falling asleep at the wheel and being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Tracking down the driver and bringing the person into custody is essential for answering such questions and holding the driver accountable for inflicting so much suffering on several families.
If the at-fault driver remains unidentified, the families may be able to cover some of the expenses for medical care and funerals by relying on uninsured/underinsured motorist provisions of their own insurance policies. Going through that process can be difficult, however. And, in a just world, it should never become necessary. Drivers who hit, injure and, in the worst cases, kill others should always bear the consequences of their actions.