A crash between an SUV and a pickup truck in Franklin County, North Carolina (NC), left a 17-year-old high school student dead and the 29-year-old in the SUV facing a charge for causing that death. The deadly wreck happened near the intersection of John Winstead Road and Pearce Road in the community of Bunn on the afternoon of December 5, 2016.
According to police, the older driver cut off the teenager while attempting to make a left-hand turn into a residence. The younger driver tried to avoid the SUV but clipped it, ran off the road and overturned. He was ejected from his vehicle as it rolled over and later died from his injuries at a hospital. Neither driver appears to have been speeding or impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Negligent and unsafe left turns cause thousands of crashes each year. Some are due to driver distraction, while others can be chalked up to impatience. Still others result from miscalculations of the distance and time available to clear an intersection safely. No matter which mistake the turning driver commits, the pain and suffering inflicted on innocent victims is difficult to excuse. Even if the charge of causing a death while operating a motor vehicle lodged against the driver who caused the fatal accident in Bunn, NC, is lowered to something less serious, the man should still be held accountable for compensating the family who lost their child and brother.
My Carolina wrongful death attorney colleagues and I send our deepest condolences out to the friends and family members of the young man who lost his life. We also ask each person who learns of this avoidable tragedy to take away the lesson to watch closely and wait patiently before turning across the path of oncoming traffic.