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Illegal Passing, Speeding Set Stage for Fatal Carolina Crash

Three people in a car lost their lives after being forced off the road by and, then, getting hit by a pickup truck in Scotland County, North Carolina (NC). The deadly crash occurred on NC 79 between the towns of Laurinburg and Gibson on the afternoon of November 30, 2015.



According to the State Highway Patrol, the 17-year-old driver of the pickup had been passing in a no-passing zone and going 70 mph on a stretch of highway that has a posted speed limit of 55 mph. The woman driving the car swerved to avoid a head-on collision, but the pickup driver also skidded onto the shoulder and struck the car anyway.

All the people in the car died, including an adult male passenger and a 6-month-old baby. Police have announced that they intend to file charges against the teenager in the pickup, but they did not specify what the criminal consequence of his apparently reckless behavior might be.

Many legal terms for crossing into the path of oncoming traffic exist, including driving left of center, improper passing and lane violation. Whichever description best applies to the fatal wreck in Western Carolina, the tragedy cannot be undone. When a driver ignores double yellow lines, drifts while speeding through a curve or fails to watch for other vehicles traveling in the opposite direction, injuries and death are almost inevitable. Drivers must stay in their own lanes because not doing so creates too many dangers.


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