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Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver Who Caused Fatal I-40 Accident

Police are looking for the driver of an unknown burgundy Chevrolet or GMC Envoy who they say caused a fatal three-car crash on Interstate 40 in Garner.

According to law enforcement reports, a 62 year-old Garner man was driving a Pontiac Trans Am east on I-40 near the Jones Sausage Road exit about 11:15 a.m when the unknown vehicle switched lanes, causing the driver of the Trans Am to veer off into the median. The Trans Am then struck a guardrail, crossed over into the westbound lanes of the interstate, and then crashed into a Chevrolet Impala, which was being driven by a 66 year-old Clayton woman. That impact caused the Impala to swerve over to the right, where it then crashed into a Kia Sorrento, whose driver was a 70 year-old woman, also from Clayton.

All three victims were transported to WakeMed Raleigh, where the driver of the TransAm later died. The other two female victims were said to have serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

The unknown SUV which appears to have caused the crash was last seen traveling east on Interstate 40 and the Highway Patrol is asking the public contact them with any information they may have regarding the vehicle or its driver.

Victims of hit-and-run or uninsured driver accidents can still file for compensation for accident-related injuries and loss under the uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) clause contained in many automobile insurance policies. The families of victims who are killed in hit-and-run accidents can also file for compensation. If you have question regarding how UM/UIM works, download this free report that our personal injury law firm has prepared.

If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by a hit-and-run or an uninsured motorist, contact a dedicated North Carolina wrongful death attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have for your family’s pain and loss.

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