An eighteen year-old Pembroke, N.C. man has been charged with misdemeanor death and failure to stop at a stop sign after an accident that killed a 78 year-old Maxton man. The victim, William Hayes Freeman, had been driving a motorcycle when he was hit.
According to police reports, the defendant was driving a 2007 Nissan pick-up truck south on Elrod Road in Lumberton. He was driving at about 50 mph and ran a stop sign at the intersection of Elrod and Cabinet Shop Road. Mr. Freeman, who was driving a 2013 Honda motorcycle, was traveling north on Cabinet Shop and was thrown from the motorcycle when the bike was struck by the pick-up truck. Both vehicles landed in a ditch.
The victim was transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Neither the driver of the pick-up or a passenger in his truck was injured. The truck sustained damage to the front and the motorcycle was completely destroyed.
The North Carolina Injury Lawyer Perspective:
Our personal injury law firm recently published an article about the alarming increase in motorcycle accident fatalities last year. Our condolences go out to the victim’s family, who must now have to deal with the loss of their loved one. Although the driver has been criminally charged, the family should consider contacting a North Carolina wrongful death attorney to find out what civil liability the driver may be responsible for.
Our firm has successfully represented both victims and families who have received serious injuries from motorcycle accidents that occurred because of the fault of another driver, including one client who was awarded $450,000 after losing the lower half of one his legs in an accident.
If you or a family member have been injured in a motorcycle accident and are unsure what to do, our North Carolina personal injury law firm has a guide available for anyone injured in a motorcycle accident; click here to download it.
Site of fatal accident - intersection of Elrod and Cabinet Shop Road, Lumberton, NC