An 18-year-old who ran a red light is facing charges for an accident that left a Duke University commuter van driver dead and a passenger aboard the minibus badly injured. The deadly crash occurred on the afternoon of December 22, 2014, at the intersection of Moreene and Erwin roads in Durham, North Carolina (NC), which marks the far west corner of the college campus in Durham, North Carolina (NC).
Police did not share an explanation for why the at-fault driver failed to see or ignored the stop signal before causing the fatal accident. Regardless of whether the teenager became distracted the wheel, had been speeding and failed to stop quickly enough while entering the intersection, or was impaired by drugs or alcohol, the outcome remains the same. One person's life could have been saved and another person's injuries could have been prevented had the teenaged driver seen and obeyed the red light.
Neither losing a loved one nor getting injured due to someone else's negligence or recklessness is ever easy. Suffering those tragedies so close to the holidays is heartbreaking. I join my Carolina personal injury and wrongful death attorney colleagues in sending my deepest condolences out to the friends and family of the deceased victim, as well as my wishes for a full and rapid recovery for the individual hurt by the red light runner.