In nearby Raleigh this month, the surviving family members of a 32-year-old woman who was killed in a fatal hit-and-run accident looked on as the man who killed their loved one offered them an apology for his actions. Despite the seemingly heartfelt apology, family members say they are no closer to finding out why he left the scene of the crash that fateful night.
We hear about them just about every night on the evening news: deadly car accidents caused when another driver negligently runs through a red light, colliding with another vehicle in the process. And although we hear about them on a frequent basis, the devastating impact it has on a community is never lessoned.
A motorcyclist from New Bern was killed when a driver pulled out in front of him, causing him to collide with her vehicle. The crash happened on a recent Sunday on Highway 43 at the Wilmar Road intersection, which is about 5 miles north of Vanceboro. A 20-year-old driver from Washington, North Carolina, turned left off Highway 43 onto Wilmar Road and directly into the path of the northbound motorcyclist. The rider of the motorcycle died at Vidant Medical Center. After an investigation into the crash North Carolina State Troopers charged the female driver of the vehicle with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. There were no reports that alcohol was a factor in the fatal crash, however the criminal charges do point toward negligent driving as a possible factor. When a person is injured or killed by a negligent driver a civil complaint in the form of a personal injury or wrongful death claim is often not far behind criminal charges.
Last week a Durham police officer and his K-9 were both injured in a hit-and-run crash on NC Highway 98, according to reports. The accident happened around 8:45 p.m. when the officer was traveling eastbound in his marked patrol car on Holloway Street near Clayton Road when a truck struck the back end of his car sending it crashing off the right-hand side of the road, through a fence and into a tree. An eyewitness to the accident said she ran down to where the patrol car hit the tree to see if he was alright.
A man was arrested for drunk driving after hitting a motorcycle and causing a third vehicle to crash into the accident scene. The accident happened early Sunday morning just after 1 a.m. at the Edenton Street and West Street intersection, according to the Raleigh police. The driver of the vehicle that crashed into the motorcycle has been charged with DWI. The driver of the third vehicle involved and the motorcyclist were both taken to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.