Local news reports indicate that two children in Columbus County, NC were tragically killed in a senseless car accident. According to reports, seat belts were not used at the time of the accident and police investigators are attempting to figure out if their use might have made a difference.
Police say that around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday a SUV ran a stop sign at the intersection of NC 131 and Silver Spoon Road before hitting the vehicle of a 20-year-old woman. Neither the 20-year-old nor any of the four passengers in the SUV were wearing a seat belt.
Police have said that speed was not a factor; instead it was the failure to obey the stop sign that caused the fatal accident. The SUV ran through the stop sign at 55 miles per hour and hit the vehicle driven by the 20-year-old which had the right of way. Two unrestrained children, one 11 and the other 2, in the back of the SUV that ran the stop sign were ejected and died as a result of the injuries they sustained. The driver of the other vehicle survived the crash but suffered serious injuries that required medical treatment.
The investigation into the accident continues and the driver of the SUV has not yet been charged for his role in the accident.
North Carolina Injury lawyer’s Perspective:
There is nothing more tragic than the loss of a child and our hearts go out to both these children’s families. Drivers need to heed all traffic signs and regulations and passengers should remember that buckling up is of critical importance.
While it’s wonderful news for the family of the 20-year-old driver that her injuries were not worse, it is important to remember that even non-life-threatening injuries can affect a victim for the rest of his or her life. Given the risk associated with such injuries, it may be helpful to contact a North Carolina car accident attorney to determine what long-term effects might be expected and if the victim should file a claim for compensation for her resulting injuries.