Articles Posted in Personal Injury

Currituck County, NC (June 23, 2021) – Police in Currituck County are investigating following a deadly hit-and-run crash on Monday night. The crash took place just after 9:00 p.m. on North Carolina Highway 34 near Indiantown Road in Shawboro.

According to a report, Mariah Kelsy Sayre, was walking near the road when she was struck by a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene following the collision. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol, along with rescue crews, arrived at the scene where Sayre was pronounced dead as a result of her injuries.

A surveillance video in the area captured the incident. Following an investigation, troopers were able to locate the driver and vehicle involved in the crash. At this time, it is not believed that alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. Police are still investigating to determine whether any charges will be filed.

Robeson County, NC (June 19, 2021) – Police in Robeson County responded to the scene of a serious accident on Friday afternoon. The crash happened around 1:00 p.m. near Mile Marker 2 and Highway 130.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol arrived at the scene shortly after the crash took place. According to troopers, the accident involved two tractor-trailers and a car. One of the trucks caught on fire following the crash. There were reported injuries but the nature and extent of the injuries is not clear at this time. There is no word on the conditions of the injured victims and the cause of the accident has not been released.

Major delays were reported at the crash scene as motorists were seen turning around to avoid the area. Police have not said whether any charges are expected.

There’s not much that compares to riding a motorcycle down the road on a perfect, 75-degree day, but when a distracted auto driver fails to see you on your bike, things can get bad – fast. If you or someone you know has been injured while riding a motorcycle, there are several things you will want to keep in mind as you’re trying to figure out what to do next.

#1 – MEDICAL TREATMENT. When a car hits a motorcycle, the injuries to the biker can be much more severe than with an auto v. auto wreck. Although bikers typically have on protective gear like helmets and boots, this gear often provides only minimal protection when a biker is hit by a car. Injuries can range from road rash to broken bones, concussions, and even death. If you or someone you know was injured in a motorcycle wreck, make sure you get the medical treatment you need. After your initial hospital treatment, there will typically be follow up visits with primary doctors, orthopedists, physical therapists, and more. Going to all of your doctor and therapy appointments and following the advice of your doctors will give you the best chance for a full recovery.

#2 – EVIDENCE. As with most injury incidents, preserving evidence is crucial. With a motorcycle wreck, the evidence may include things like photos of the scene and roadway, photos of the bike and vehicle, injury photos, witness names and contact information, and more. The insurance company for the other driver will be trying to protect themselves and pay out as little as possible. In North Carolina, if they can convince a jury that you were even 1% at fault, you will not be able to recover any money damages for your injuries! This is known as contributory negligence. Because of this, it is important to make sure you can clearly show who was at fault for the wreck, and the evidence can help you do that.

Kinston, NC (June 14, 2021) – A moped driver from Kinston was killed in a two-vehicle crash that took place on Monday, June 14th around 7:00 a.m. The accident happened on Neuse Road near the intersection with Causey Road, just east of Kinston.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the scene shortly after the accident took place. According to troopers, 52-year-old Donald Sparrowas was driving a moped when he was hit from behind by a car. The driver of the vehicle was later identified as 23-year-old Seth Mitchell, of Kinston. Sparrow was thrown from his moped and was later pronounced dead by rescue crews. Mitchell was not injured in the accident.

Following an investigation, troopers charged Mitchell with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, and driving while his license was revoked.

Winston-Salem, NC (June 12, 2021) – Authorities are investigating after a 63-year-old man died in a landfill accident in Winston-Salem on Friday, June 11th. Officer responded to the Hanes Mill Landfill around 4:30 p.m. following reports of a workplace accident.

When police arrived, they located a man lying on the ground. The man, later identified as Thomas Michael Thompson, of Pinnacle, was pronounced dead at the site. According to preliminary reports, Thompson worked at the landfill and died while he was working on Friday. There is no other information regarding the events leading up to his death. No additional injuries were reported. The landfill was closed pending an investigation.

The Winston-Salem Police Department and OSHA are currently looking at the circumstances surrounding Thompson’s death. No further information is available at this time.

Craven County, NC (June 11, 2021) – Authorities in Craven County have now identified the firefighter who was killed while responding to a call on Thursday. The crash took place around 2:00 p.m. in the 2200 block of Brices Creek Road.

Police say that 62-year-old Ralph Deblasi was working with the Township 7 Fire Department when he was responding to a call regarding a separate motor vehicle accident. At the time of the call, the road was wet and it was raining. Deblasi was a passenger in the fire truck. As the truck attempted to navigate a curve, the driver lost control causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and crash. Rescue workers arrived at the scene and treated Deblasi for his injuries, however, he ultimately passed away as a result of the accident. There were no additional injuries reported. The name of the driver has not been released.

The crash is still under investigation at this time. There is no additional information available and no word on whether any charges are expected to be filed.

Fayetteville, NC (June 10, 2021) – Police in Fayetteville responded to the scene of a deadly single-vehicle crash in Fayetteville on Thursday, June 10th. The collision took place around 1:50 a.m. on North Carolina Highway 87 at the intersection with Eastern Boulevard.

According to officials, a 2004 Ford Explorer was traveling on the highway 0n-ramp. The 42-year-old driver then lost control of her vehicle for unknown reasons. The 2004 Ford Explorer left the road and flipped numerous times before coming to rest. Rescue crews rushed to the scene shortly after the incident. According to reports, a 7-year-old girl was ejected from the car. She was rushed to Cape Fear Valley Hospital where she later died. Fiver other passengers in the vehicle were taken to the hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries. The driver of the Explorer has not been identified.

There is no word on whether the driver will face charges at this time. An investigation into the collision is ongoing. Anyone who has information is asked to contact Officer C. Lewis with the Fayetteville Police Department or the Cumberland County Crimestoppers.

Apex, NC (June 10, 2021) – An 18-year-old Garner woman who was killed in a crash involving an Amtrak train on Tuesday night has been identified by police. The incident took place around 10:20 p.m. along Windy Road.

According to authorities, Ava Sory, was walking near the train tracks with another female when she was hit by the Amtrak train. There were 122 people on board the train at the time of the collision. Sory suffered critical injuries and died at the accident scene. There is no word on whether the other pedestrian was injured. No one on the train was hurt in the accident and no additional injuries were reported. The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time.

Following the accident, U.S. 64 East was closed between the exit for N. Salem Street and Laura Duncan Road. The Apex Police Department, Apex Fire Department and Wake County EMS were among the agencies that responded to the scene. There is no additional information available at this time.

Craven County, NC (June 10, 2021) – A Craven County firefighter was killed in a crash that took place on Thursday afternoon near James City. The crash took place around 1:45 p.m. on US Highway 70.

At the time of the crash, the firefighter’s unit was responding to reports of a separate car accident in the 2200 block of Brices Creek Road. While the unit was on the way to the crash scene, their truck was involved in a separate accident. Rescue crews responded to the area and extricated the affected firefighter from the vehicle and provided medical care. He was taken to a hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. At this time, there is no information on the events that led up to the accident and the cause of the collision is unknown. It is also not known if any other vehicles were involved in the crash. The firefighter’s identity has not been released. Motorists were advised to avoid the area if possible.

Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol are currently investigating the collision. There is no word on whether any charges are expected to be filed. No further information is available at this time.

Apex, NC (June 9, 2021) – An 18-year-old woman was killed after being hit by an Amtrak train in Apex on Tuesday, June 8th. The crash occurred around 10:15 p.m. on the train tracks near U.S. Highway 64 East.

The woman was with a 17-year-old girl when she was struck while walking near the tracks. The 17-year-old was not hit. At this point, there is no word on the events that led up to the collision. The incident occurred in an area that was not a designated railroad crossing. The identity of the victim has not been released at this time. Police are continuing to investigate the crash but do not believe that any foul play was involved.

No additional details have been released at this time.

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