A 17 year old driver has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, with an added infraction of going left of center, for a December crash that killed a 36 year old nurse. The teenager, who had been charged right after the incident, was only recently served and is scheduled to appear in front of a judge next month. According to a report in the Daily News, the police were unable to serve the driver sooner because of the length of time he was hospitalized.
The accident, which took place on N.C. 111 near Beulaville, was caused when the driver drove his 2004 Jeep over the center line and crashed head-on into a 2000 Oldsmobile which was being driven by the victim. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
North Carolina Injury Lawyer Perspective:
According to the prosecutor in this case, a misdemeanor death by vehicle charge is typically levied when unintentional killings are committed while a defendant operates a motor vehicle in violation of either state law or local ordinance, such as crossing a center line. A felony death by vehicle charge is levied when the underlying offense that caused the death of another is a driving while impaired offense.
Although this driver has been charged in the criminal system, the victim’s family should consider consulting a North Carolina wrongful death attorney to find out what civil liability the driver could be held accountable for.
N.C. 111 Beulaville, N.C.