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Man in Jacksonville Charged with DWI, Second-Degree Murder

A 40-year-old man is currently behind bars after being arrested on DWI and second-degree murder charges. The man allegedly caused an accident in Jacksonville, North Carolina (NC) that claimed the life of a 53-year-old woman.

While driving drunk on the night of the accident, the man crossed the center line of Highway 17 and struck the victim’s car head on. The victim was sitting in the passenger’s seat and was killed immediately on impact. The driver of the car that was hit, the victim’s husband, suffered injuries.

Eyewitness News 9 reports that this is the at-fault driver already had a DUI on his record and, at the time of the accident, he was driving on a restricted license.

I get so frustrated reading about these preventable accidents. I’m always haunted with the thought that, if only the at-fault driver had been more cautious and responsible, maybe this terrible accident could have been avoided.

My deepest sympathies go out to the husband. Losing a spouse is always gut wrenching, but the pain is made even worse when the loss is sudden and caused by the carelessness of another person.
The husband should consider speaking to a wrongful death lawyer in North Carolina to discuss his legal options. Just because the at-fault driver is facing criminal charges does not mean he is precluded from pursuing some semblance of justice through a wrongful death claim.


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