Two teenagers were killed Saturday night in a hit and run accident on the Concord Parkway North near Liske Avenue, in Concord. The two young victims, ages 14 and 15, were already dead when emergency responders arrived at the accident scene.
An abandoned vehicle that was similar to the descriptions provided by witnesses to the fatal crash was found near the crash scene. Police found the car in a K-Mart parking lot, with the front windshield totally smashed and the front end of the car heavily damaged.
Concord Police were able to identify and locate both the driver and a passenger who had been in the vehicle. They have charged the 21-year-old male driver with two counts of felony hit and run, two counts of felony death by motor vehicle, and one count of duty to stop in the event of a crash and render reasonable assistance. The 19-year-old male passenger was also arrested. He has been charged with one count of duty to stop in the event of a crash and render reasonable assistance.
Compounding the tragic accident, as police on site were conducting their investigation, a vehicle slammed into the accident scene, almost hitting two of the officers. That driver was arrested and charged with drunk driving.
North Carolina Hit and Run Accidents
According to statistics from the North Carolina Highway Patrol, there has been a steady increase in hit and run accidents in the state over the past few years. In 2012, there were approximately 10,000 hit and run accidents, but last year that number spiked to 15,000.
In many cases, the fleeing driver who caused the accident is caught by police and charged. Some of the most common reasons hit and run accident drivers leave the scene are because they were driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs or they were driving a vehicle without automobile insurance.
Although there are typically criminal charges filed against these drivers, injured victims should also consult with an experienced North Carolina auto accident attorney to find out what type of financial compensation they may be able to collect for their injuries.
It is important to remember that criminal charges and civil charges, such as a personal injury or wrongful death claim, are two different legal actions. There is also a much smaller statute of limitations a victim has to file an injury claim against the at-fault driver than police have to file criminal charges.
Contact a Carolina Hit and Run Accident Attorney Today
If you have lost a loved one in a hit and run accident, contact a North Carolina wrongful death attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have.