According to members of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a two-vehicle collision claimed the life of a 62-year-old Lumberton woman on Oct. 23 around 3:40 p.m. The accident occurred when the woman was reportedly struck head-on by a car driving in the opposite direction.
The woman was driving west on N.C. 72 about six miles east of Lumberton at the time. A 25-year-old Bolivia man was traveling east in a 1992 Lincoln. According to police, the man was speeding at approximately 75 mph when his car allegedly ran off of the road. Police believe he over-corrected, lost control of the vehicle and crossed the center line and struck the woman's 2009 Mercury.
According to authorities, the woman was not wearing a seat belt, while the 25-year-old man was. There was not any word on whether the man received injuries. Charges for reckless driving, speeding and careless driving are currently pending against him. Police believe that the speed and carelessness all contributed to the accident's cause.
In cases like this one in which someone loses their life as a result of a careless or negligent driver, families of the deceased may be able to recover damages by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. In addition to any criminal penalties he or she may face, the driver may be held to be liable for such things as funeral and medical expenses, property losses, income losses, loss of companionship and other bereavement costs. The families of those killed may wish to speak with a personal injury attorney; in some situations, a legal representative may be able to identify all potential claims and recoverable damages, draft the complaint and represent his or her client's interests in court.
Source: robesonian.com, "Wreck kills 62-year old city woman", Sarah Willets, October 24, 2014