Charlotte Police have charged a 44-year-old man with involuntary manslaughter, felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, and no motorcycle endorsement after he crashed the motorcycle he was driving. Killed in the motorcycel crash was the bike’s passenger, 34-year-old Traci Gagnon.
According to reports from law enforcement, the victim was riding on the back of a 2016 Cam Am Spyder Motorcycle, which was traveling at a high rate of speed. At the1200 block of Independence Boulevard near Charlottetowne Avenue, the driver of the Spyder slammed into another motorcycle.
Upon impact of the two bikes, the driver of the Spyder lost control and the bike went into a skid. Both the driver and the woman who was killed were ejected from the bike. The bike finally stopped travelling when it slammed into a concrete wall. The driver was wearing a helmet; the victim was not.
The driver of the second motorcycle did not stay at the scene of the accident and was gone before police arrived.
When police did arrive at the fatal motorcycle crash site, they found the victim laying dead on the road. The Spyder’s driver was treated for minor injuries at Carolinas Medical Center and that is where police arrested him. He was later released on $50,000 bond.
Investigators say that in addition to speed being a factor in the fatal motorcycle crash, alcohol also played a role.
Drinking and driving increases the risk of fatal crashes for every driver, but it seems to be a serious problem for those who drive motorcycles. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA), approximately 30 percent of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve a motorcycle driver who was over the legal amount of alcohol in their system. Overall, almost half of all motorcycle fatal crashes are alcohol-related.
Our North Carolina wrongful death firm has successfully represented families, passenger, and motorcycle operators who have suffered serious injuries or who have had loved ones killed in drunk driving crashes. Although no amount of money could ever make up for the death of a loved one, many families are left struggling to pay for huge medical bills incurred as emergency responders and hospital personnel tried to save their family member. There is also the high cost of funeral and burial expenses, which many families are not financial prepared for, especially when the victims are young.
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