A moving van parked on the side of Craver Road in Welcome, North Carolina, caused a Ford Escort to swerve off the road and into a yard. The car was trying to avoid a collision with a moving van that was partially blocking the eastbound lane of traffic.
As the Escort entered the yard, it struck a 10-year-old child and two adults. The trio was in their yard standing close to the moving van. Furniture was being unloaded and taken into a house when the accident occurred.
According to the driver of the car, she couldn't go around the moving van because there was another vehicle coming in the other direction. She swerved to the right and that's when she struck the pedestrians.
One of the victims, a 27-year-old woman, was taken by helicopter with life-threatening injuries. The other two victims, the 10-year-old girl and her mother, were transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Their conditions were not known. The driver of the Escort, a 78-year-old women, wasn't injured.
The owner of Kennedy Truckin Inc.said that the 27-year-old woman was an employee of his and that the other two victims were moving into the house. According to him, the cones were out, marking the truck's location. He said, "Whoever this lady is, she just came through. Most everyone was just standing here. She hit the walkway (to the truck) and the people who were standing here. She just kept right on going. She hit the little girl and the other guy. I don't know how fast she was going, someone said she missed the brake and hit the gas."
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident, but the preliminary reports don't list that distracted driving or excessive speed as factors for the accident.
If you are injured in a pedestrian vs motor vehicle accident, seek medical help immediately. Once you are able, it's time to consider how you will pay your medical expenses, lost wages and more. An experienced attorney can help you learn more about your legal options, including your right to seek compensation.
Source: The Dispatch, "Three pedestrians hit by vehicle," Sharon Myers, Aug. 24, 2016