State troopers said the crash occurred on U.S. Highway 117, between Stuckey and Edmundson Springs Road. A Ford Focus crossed the center line on the highway and struck an oncoming Toyota. Both vehicles burst into flames. State troopers said speed was a factor in this crash.
The driver of the Toyota was 53-year-old Donna Jeane Braman of Lucama, NC. The other killed driver was James Richard Golvan of Summerville, South Carolina (SC).
As experienced Carolina and Virginia personal injury attorneys we report on and help many clients in accidents in which speed has been a factor. Earlier this month my colleague Rick Shapiro reported on how excess speed ruins lives in a case where a teen is facing two manslaughter charges in Davie County, NC. The 18-year-old is facing two felony involuntary manslaughter charges in the wake of an accident that claimed the lives of his two friends who were riding in his car, WX1112.com reported. North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers said the teenage driver was speeding, going 75 mph in a 45 mph zone. His excess speed caused him to lose control and leave the road.
Sadly, we see far too many young lives lost because of excess speed. Last year the North Carolina Highway Patrol said speed was the cause of a car accident that killed three people on Highway 421 in Liberty, NC. In that case Brandon Chavis lost control of his powerful BMW on Highway 421 near Browns Meadow Road. He swerved off the road into trees. Tragically, Chavis and his two passengers, Forest Andrews and Jason Morris, lost their lives. Highway patrol officers said the driver was traveling close to 100 mph in a 55 mph zone at the time of the accident.
Speed limits are upper limits. They are not guidelines. It's not yet known what speeds were involved in the Wayne County wreck, but our thoughts are with the victims of this terrible crash.