One Stay Alert Safety Security worker was killed and another critically injured when both men were hit by a Jeep on Interstate 95 in Lumberton, N.C., which was being driven by a 53-year-old Pennsylvania woman.
According to details released by law enforcement, the accident occurred around 5 a.m. as the victims were removing detour signs at an exit near mile marker 16 in order to open the road up to traffic.
One of the workers, a 27-year-old man from Zebulon, was getting out of his work pickup truck when he was smashed into by a 2004 Jeep Liberty. The Jeep then slammed into the second worker, a 31-year-old man from Middlesex, killing him instantly. After plowing into both victims, the Jeep’s driver continued to head north before it finally swerved off the road and smashed into a wire fence.
The first victim who was hit is at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill in critical condition. He suffered injuries to his head, leg, and elbow.
The driver of the Jeep, who was not injured in the crash, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, failure to maintain a lane, failure to reduce speed, failure to yield right-of-way, and failure to yield the right of way at a construction site causing bodily injury. She is being held on $50,000 bond. Police estimate she was traveling at between 70 to 75 mph when she crashed into the victims.
In an effort to protect law enforcement officer, emergency, road maintenance, and utility workers, North Carolina’s Move Over law requires all drivers to move one lane away from any law enforcement or other emergency vehicle that is on the side of the highway. Enacted in 2002 in order to protect police and emergency workers, the law was expanded in 2012 to include road maintenance and utility workers.
Despite the law, our North Carolina personal injury law firm has reported on numerous auto accidents in which a driver failed to follow the move over law and a victim has been seriously injured or killed from the crash impact.
If you have had a loved one killed by a driver who failed to follow the rules of the road, contact a dedicated North Carolina wrongful death attorney today to find out what legal actions you may be able to take against the driver for your family’s pain and loss.