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Rowan County, North Carolina (NC) Crash Kills Six

What Happened

On January 18, 2013 a GMC Envoy that carried nine people traveled 37mph above the speed limit before it crashed and killed six of the passengers.

Local police report that the vehicle traveled 67mph through a 30mph zone. The driver of the vehicle veered off South Rowan Avenue, and hit a tree at 57mph. The vehicle then caught fire and killed five of the passengers. Three children were airlifted to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston Salem. One child would die after she was taken off life support; another is listed in serious condition, and the last in fair condition.

In total three adults and three children died from the accident. A 10-year-old boy was the only passenger to walk away from the wreck.

The North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers’ Perspective

This accident is a horrifying picture of negligence shown by the driver. Speeding plays a role in the overwhelming majority of deadly accidents in North Carolina (NC). As experienced North Carolina (NC) personal injury attorneys we report on and help many clients in accidents in which speed has been a factor. Drivers should always make sure to closely follow posted speed limits. These limits are not arbitrary. They have been tested and proven to be a safe speed for the road in question. Following the speed limit will reduce the chances of an accident and while wrecks do occur during lower speeds, injuries are less severe.

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