Three young people who were at a graduation party in North Carolina piled into a small Toyota Scion to head home. The driver of the Scion was a 21-year-old man, as was the passenger in the front seat. Behind them in the rear seat, without her seat belt on, was a 22-year-old woman.
The Scion was driving west, and the police allege that it was speeding when it went into a curve and the driver lost control. The car left the road, hit a tree and flipped.
The woman in the back seat was thrown out of the car. She was pronounced dead at the accident site. The passenger in the front seat was badly injured and rushed to Wake Medical Center. The driver was trapped in the car and had to be extricated by emergency crews. They said that his condition was considered critical and his injuries were life-threatening. He was also taken to Wake Medical Center.
The young woman and one of the men were both attending North Carolina State University. The school put out a statement extending their sympathies to the families and students gathered by the NC State bell tower for a vigil.
Police confirmed that the group was at a graduation party, and they said that they believe alcohol played a role in the crash. Depending on the full results of the investigation, they say that charges are pending against the driver.
When family members are killed because someone else decides to drink and drive, financial compensation can never fully make up for what was lost. However, when faced with medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and much more, it's wise for families to understand their legal options.
Source: WRAL, "NC State student returning from party killed in crash; 2 others injured," Janine Bowen, May 07, 2017