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Man criminally charged in accident that killed friend

According to law enforcement authorities, a 26-year-old North Carolina man is facing charges following a motor vehicle collision in which his friend died. The accident reportedly occurred on Feb. 6 just after 3 p.m. between Ayden and Grifton.

Reportedly, the man ran his SUV through a stop sign at an intersection. He then allegedly crashed into a truck being driven by another man that was already in the intersection.

The man's 18-year-old friend was a passenger in the backseat of the SUV. The young man was apparently not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, according to Pitt County troopers who responded. He was pronounced dead from the injuries he suffered in the accident. Both drivers and a 17-year-old girl who was another passenger in the SUV all required transportation to Vidant Medical Center due to sustaining injuries of their own. Law enforcement officers charged the SUV driver with death by motor vehicle, a misdemeanor criminal offense in North Carolina.

Drivers owe a duty of care to their passengers and other drivers to exercise caution while driving. When they violate that duty and a fatal accident results, they may be held civilly liable for the resulting harm caused. The family of those killed in such an accident may want to consider filing a wrongful death civil lawsuit against the driver for their negligence. Even when the driver is a family friend, filing a lawsuit may be in order so the family can recover damages for the economic and non-economic losses they suffered as a result of their loved one's unexpected and sudden loss.

Source: WNCT, "Ayden man charged in accident that killed his friend, Feb. 6, 2015

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