Two Fatal Crashes in Charlotte, NC Leaving One Dead | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

Two separate accidents took place in Charlotte, NC which killed one person and sent another one to hospital with serious injuries.  The first accident happened at around 9 p.m. Wednesday in Queen City Drive near Gateway Boulevard.  Jason Havard, 31 was in a motorcycle when it swerved off the center line and off the roadway.  Apparently, Havard was over speeding and was thrown off the motorcycle about 40 feet away.  He died at the scene of the accident.

The second accident took place 30 minutes later at the intersection of South McDowell and 4th Streets.  A pedestrian was crossing the street when a vehicle hit her from nowhere. She was immediately rushed to Carolinas Medical Center where she was listed to be in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.  The two accidents are still under investigation and no word yet if the driver who hit the pedestrian will be charged.

The first accident was reported to be driver’s fault in which he was speeding over the limit which caused the motorcycle to swerve off the road, killing him.  Motorcycle drivers should be careful and moderate their speed, unlike cars; motorcycles do not have the stability having only two wheels.  Among motorcycle accidents, there is a high probability that the driver would most likely sustain a serious, if not fatal, injuries. 

According to pedestrian crash statistics an estimated 70,000 pedestrians were injured or killed in motor vehicle collisions, which represents 2% of the 2.9 million total persons injured in traffic crashes.  It should be noted that pedestrians have a higher chance of avoiding these types of accidents by crossing on designated sidewalks only and anticipating oncoming vehicles.  Likewise, drivers should avoid speeding, especially at pedestrian crossings.