Articles Posted in Wrongful Death

Reidsville, NC (May 10, 2021) – Police in Reidsville are investigating after a man was killed in a hit-and-run crash on Sunday, May 9th. The accident took place around 12:45 a.m. on Barnes Street.

According to officers, 57-year-old Wesley Pruitt was walking near the roadway when he was hit by a car. When rescue workers arrived, they found Pruitt in the road. He was pronounced dead at the crash scene.  The driver of the vehicle fled the scene before officers could arrive. There is no description of the vehicle or the suspect. Police are reviewing surveillance footage from near the scene in an effort to identify the suspect. They also believe that one or more eyewitnesses may have seen the event and are asking them to come forward.

Anyone with information should contact the Rockingham County Crime Stoppers or Captain Coates with the RPD. There are no additional details available at this time.

Charlotte, NC (May 2, 2021) – One person was killed and two others sustained injuries after a fatal accident on Interstate 485 on Saturday, May 1st. The crash occurred on the outer loop near Interstate 85.

The Charlotte Fire Department and Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department both responded to the scene of the collision. Police say that the accident involved two motorcycles that were traveling down the highway together. One of the motorcycles was trying to perform a trick when it collided with the other. One female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other individuals were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. The names of those involved in the crash have not been released at this time. Motorists in the area were advised to avoid the scene and to find alternate routes of travel if possible.

No further details have been made available. The crash remains under investigation.

When a family member is killed as a result of an injury or accident that was not their fault, the whole world seems to shift. Too often, loved ones are taken too soon and through no fault of their own as a result of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck crashes, and DUI accidents. When this happens, most people experience a variety of emotions including grief, anger, frustration and more. There are a lot of things that need to be taken care of, but this can be difficult in the middle of so much emotional pain.

Here at Burton Law Firm, we compiled a list of important actions for you to take following the wrongful death of a family member. Our hope is that this will give you some answers and take at least some stress off of your plate so you can spend more time taking care of yourself and your loved ones during this difficult time.

If your family member was not at fault for the injury or accident that took their life, here are some things we suggest you do or consider as soon as possible:

Greensboro, NC (April 4, 2021) – A 60-year-old man from Eden died in a two-car crash that took place in Greensboro on Saturday morning. The collision took place around 10:00 a.m. on Battleground Avenue at the intersection with West Cornwallis Drive.

According to the Greensboro Police Department, 71-year-old Odis Alexiou, of Greensboro, was traveling northbound on Battleground in a Ford Explorer. Alexiou crossed left of center and collided with a blue Honda CR-V traveling southbound on Battleground. The driver of the Honda was identified as 59-year-old Anita Edwards. Edwards’ passenger, 60-year-old Joseph Edwards, was killed in the collision. Alexiou sustained minor injuries.

Following an investigation, Greensboro officers charged Alexiou with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and driving left of center. Neither alcohol nor drugs played a role in the crash. There were no other cars involved in the accident and no additional injuries have been reported.

Robeson County, NC (April 1, 2021) – A woman from White Oak was killed in a car accident that took place in Robeson County on Thursday, April 1st. The collision happened at approximately 8:43 a.m. on North Carolina Highway 41 near the intersection with Barnhill Road.

According to First Sargeant S.B. Lewis with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Daniel Robinson was operating a vehicle northbound on Highway 41. As Robinson traveled northbound, his car veered into the southbound lanes and collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Sara Dowd of White Oak. Dowd died at the accident scene. Robinson was not seriously injured in the crash. There is no word on the cause of the collision at this time.

Following an investigation, troopers charged Robinson with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. No further information has been released.

Lumberton, NC (March 18, 2021) – Two people were killed and a third was seriously injured following a single-vehicle collision in Lumberton over the weekend. The crash happened around 7:45 a.m. on North Carolina Highway 20.

According to the State Highway Patrol, 20-year-old German Mendoza Cornelio, of St. Pauls, was driving a 2008 Nissan Frontier eastbound on N.C. 20 when the car ran off the road to the right. Cornelio overcorrected the vehicle, causing it to come back onto the roadway and strike two trees before overturning. A passenger, 18-year-old Odallas Liset Carillo Sanchez, was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill where he died from his injuries. Cornelio was pronounced dead at the crash scene.

Another passenger, 39-year-old Samuel Rojas, also of St. Pauls, was taken to UNC. He suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident.

Greensboro, NC (March 16, 2021) – A 27-year-old man from Greensboro died in a car accident on Monday afternoon. The incident took place around 4:10 p.m. on Dewitt Street near the intersection with Gorrell Street.

According to police, 27-year-old Michael Porter Jr., of Greensboro, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe southbound on Dewitt Street. For unknown reasons, Porter crossed the center line and struck two unoccupied cars. The Tahoe overturned as a result of the accident. Porter’s passenger, 27-year-old Tevin Hamlor, died from injuries sustained in the collision. Police believe that speed played a role. At this time, charges are pending against Porter. No other injuries were reported and there were no additional vehicles involved.

Anyone with information on the collision is asked to contact the Greensboro Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000.

Gaston County, NC (March 11, 2021) – Two people were killed in a hit-and-run accident that occurred on US 321 in Gaston County late Wednesday night, officials said.

According to first responders with Gaston EMS, the crash happened in the northbound lanes of 321 near mile marker 15. The area is between High Shoals and Dallas, just north of Gastonia. Two vehicles were involved in the incident, including a moped. Gaston EMS said both people who died were traveling on the moped.

Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol are leading the investigation and haven’t released further details on the suspect or the events leading up to the wreck.

Lumberton, NC (March 6, 2021) – Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol are investigating following a fatal crash in Lumberton on Thursday, March 4th. The collision happened around 7:30 p.m. on North Carolina Highway 20 near Covington Farm Road.

According to Sgt. H.P. Locklear of the Highway Patrol, a 2018 Chevrolet, and a 1996 Satun passenger vehicle were both traveling westbound on N.C. 20. The Saturn was in front of the Chevrolet driven by Maurice Williams of St. Pauls. Williams tried to pass the Saturn but struck the left quarter panel of the vehicle. The 2018 Chevrolet then went across the centerline and collided with a 2004 Chevrolet SUV that was traveling eastbound on N.C. 20. The 2004 Chevrolet overturned following the crash.

A passenger in the SUV, Ieshia Davis, of Lumberton, was partially ejected and died at the accident scene.  Williams was taken to UNC Hospitals with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Saturn, Melissa Bullard, was transported to a hospital Lumberton with non-life-threatening injuries.

Lillington, NC (March 3, 2021) – A man from Sanford died in a head-on crash in Harnett County on Tuesday. The collision occurred just after 7:00 a.m. on North Carolina Highway 24 near Claude White Road.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the scene. According to Trooper R.M. Lee, Seth Ashton Cochrane, of Cameron, was driving a 2000 Dodge truck eastbound on N.C. 24 when, for unknown reasons, his vehicle crossed the centerline of the roadway. While in the westbound lanes, the truck collided head-on with a 2002 Dodge truck driven by 37-year-old Thomas Owen Partridge. Patridge suffered critical injuries and died at the accident scene.

Cochrane was taken to Central Carolina Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. It is not clear if alcohol played a role. No further information is available.

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