Police have filed charges against the driver of a car that hit the back of an off-road vehicle in Asheboro Saturday afternoon. The crash killed the 44-year-old driver who was on the vehicle.
According to reports from law enforcement, the victim, who lived in Asheboro, was traveling northeast on N.C. 49 at around 5:45 p.m., approximately one-half mile south of N.C. 47. He was driving a side-by-side, also referred to as a UTV or utility task vehicle. A police spokesperson said that the victim was heading back to his home after working on some fences around his business, which is located near the scene of the fatal crash. The other driver, a 30-year-old Albemarle man, was driving a Chevrolet Impala, traveling in the same direction, when he hit the off-road vehicle from behind. The victim was killed instantly.
Evidence from the crash investigation showed that the Chevrolet was traveling at approximately 62 m.p.h. when it slammed into the victim. The posted speed limit is 55 m.p.h. on that road. The driver has been charged with has been charged with failure to reduce speed and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are approximately 35,000 people killed each year in fatal crashes. Speeding is responsible for more than 10,000 of those deaths.
As alarming as those statistics are, even more concerning is that last year, it is estimated that as many as 40,000 victims may have killed in traffic accidents, almost 15 percent more than just two years ago. And speeding continues to remain one of the main causes of those crashes.
Despite the known dangers of speeding, may drivers ignore that they are not only breaking the law but also putting their lives and the lives of those around them at risk. There are about 112,000 speeding citations issued every day in the United States, which comes to approximately 41 million speeding tickets issued each year. But those numbers don’t even touch the surface – with only one is six drivers actually getting caught and stopped by law enforcement.
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