A multivehicle wreck in northwest Raleigh, North Carolina (NC), on the night of June 26, 2015, set the stage for a fatal pedestrian hit-and-collision. According to police, a man involved in the first crash near the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Lumley Road got struck and killed by another vehicle after he got out of his car to check on damages and other people involved. It is unclear whether anyone else suffered injuries in the first wreck or in the subsequent collision.
The driver of the car that hit and inflicted deadly injuries on the pedestrian stopped but fled the scene on foot. Upon apprehension, both he and the passenger in his car were charged with felonies. The allegedly at-fault driver has been charged with driving while intoxicated, causing a death while operating a motor vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident. His passenger is charged with abetting those criminal actions.
The tragedy highlights both the dangers of drunk and drugged driving and the need to exercise caution while approaching a crash scene or disabled vehicle. Driving under the influence greatly elevates the risk for crashing and hurting or killing another person. This is because intoxication impairs judgment, slows reflexes and clouds vision. Drunk and high drivers crash because they lose their abilities to recognize and respond appropriately to changes in road and traffic conditions. It may turn out, for instance, that the man accused of fatally striking the pedestrian in Raleigh never realized an earlier crash had occurred and never saw the person who got out of his car.
Still, drunk or sober, every person behind the wheel of a car or truck must slow down and move over when coming up on a crash. Because it is likely that victims and emergency responders will be in the road, passing motorists must give those people time and space to stay safe.