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NC Death Results from Couch Left on Road

A lost couch was blamed for one death and three injuries along I-5 on Tuesday night in early November 2011.

According to Fox40 TV, the incident began when a tan car struck the couch, leading the driver and a passenger to get out to survey the damage. When another car's driver swerved around the couch, he collided with a big rig. The truck and the black car then crashed into the tan car and pushed it into the men on foot.

The driver of the tan car was pushed off the freeway and died at the scene. His passenger was pinned against a guard rail, and taken to the hospital Two people in the other car also required hospital treatment for injuries.

Drivers who lose items on the road can be cited or criminally charged with involuntary manslaughter if a death occurs. When determining what actions to take against these drivers, investigators evaluate the color of the object, its size, roadway light, and speed. The District Attorney takes recommendations from the Carolina Hghway Patrol on any possible charges to file, the television channel reported. 

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