Articles Posted in Wrongful Death

Raleigh, NC (July 16, 2021) – A woman was killed after being struck by a vehicle in a hospital parking deck on Friday, July 16th. The crash happened around 3:15 p.m. at the Raleigh campus of Duke Hospital on Wake Forest Road.

Police and rescue workers rushed to the scene after receiving a report of a collision. According to investigators, a woman in her 70s was walking in the deck when a van attempted to make a turn. The van struck the woman who suffered critical injuries. She was later pronounced dead due to injuries suffered in the collision. Her identity is not available at this time. There were no additional injuries reported and the driver has not been identified. The crash is under investigation at this time and it is not clear whether any charges are expected to be filed.

No further information has been released.

Salisbury, NC (July 12, 2021) – The Salisbury Police Department responded to the scene of a fatal crash in Salisbury on Monday afternoon. The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. on Highway 601 near Young Road.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol also responded to the accident scene. According to a report, a car was traveling on Highway 601 when it tried to pass a vehicle in front of it. The car went into the opposite lane and collided head-on with a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Police say that the driver of the passing vehicle, along with the driver and passenger of the vehicle that was struck, all died in the accident. The names of the victims have not been released at this time. There were no other cars involved and no additional injuries reported. The road was closed for several hours as police worked at the scene and cleared the area. The crash remains under investigation at this time and there is no additional information available.

We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to the families affected by this tragic car accident in Salisbury.

Charlotte, NC (July 5, 2021) – A 33-year-old pedestrian from Charlotte died in a hit-and-run crash that happened on Sunday, July 4th. The collision took place just before midnight in the 2600 block of West Boulevard.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department responded to reports of the crash. According to officials, 33-year-old Rinnell Curry was walking on West Boulevard when she was hit by a black 2013 Chrysler 300. Curry suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the Chrysler initially fled the scene but was located by police a short time after. Following an investigation, a 46-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the crash. Police believe that speed and alcohol contributed to the crash. The driver was eventually charged with driving while license revoked, driving while impaired, felony death by motor vehicle, and felony hit-and-run.

Madison, NC (July 2, 2021) – A 76-year-old woman was killed in a crash that took place on U.S. Highway 220 in Madison on Thursday night. The accident was reported around 7:50 p.m.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol was called to the accident scene. According to a report from troopers, 76-year-old Sharon Stephens-McCandless was driving a vehicle in the northbound lanes of U.S. 220. At the same time, a tractor-trailer was traveling southbound on Highway 220 when the driver attempted to make a U-turn into the northbound lanes. As the driver turned, the tractor-trailer collided with the vehicle driven by Stephens-McCandless and pushed it into a guardrail. Stephens-McCandless was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The tractor-trailer driver was not identified.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing. No charges have been filed at this time. The road remained closed until approximately 1:00 a.m.

Hillsborough, NC (July 1, 2021) – Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the scene of a triple fatal crash near Hillsborough on Thursday morning. The accident took place around 6:45 a.m. on North Carolina Highway 57.
According to troopers, 21-year-old Timothy Dylan Williams, of Burlington, was traveling northbound in a Hyundai sedan. At the same time, 53-year-old Ricky Lee Willard, of Timberlake, was traveling southbound in a Ford SUV. For unknown reasons, Williams veered off the road to the right. He overcorrected his vehicle and traveled left of center before crashing head-on with Willard’s vehicle. Williams, Willard, and Willard’s passenger, Regina Murphy Willard, all died at the accident scene.
Troopers believe that speed was a primary contributing factor to the crash. The road was closed between N.C. 57 nad Strouds Creek Road. Motorists in the area were urged to find alternate routes of travel. An investigation is underway.

Oak Ridge, NC (June 28, 2021) – Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol have identified the two teenagers who were killed in a drunk driving crash on Friday night in Oak Ridge. The collision occurred around 7:00 p.m. on Williard Road near North Carolina Highway 150.

According to troopers, 18-year-old Jacob Stevens, of Greensboro, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck southbound on Williard Road when he lost control of the truck, causing it to go off the roadway and strike a mailbox and a trash can. Stevens then overcorrected his vehicle, causing it to cross the centerline of the roadway and strike a utility pole before overturning. Two passengers in the truck, Jefferey Jones, of High Point, and Zach Williamson, of Greensboro, were killed in the crash. Both were 19 years old. Stevens suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at a local hospital before being released.

Following an investigation, troopers determined that Stevens was impaired. He was charged with two counts of felony death by motor vehicle and one count of causing serious injury by vehicle after a third passenger sustained serious injuries.

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Greensboro, NC (June 23, 2021) – A 51-year-old woman was among two people who were killed in a three-car crash on Interstate 40 in Greensboro. The accident happened around 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22nd.

The Greensboro Police Department was called to the scene just after the collision occurred. According to reports, 19-year-old Priya Hairston was traveling on I-40 when, for unknown reasons, her car crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a white Kia. The car then struck a black Jeep before all three vehicles came to rest. The driver of the Kia, 51-year-old Victoria Tate, was killed in the crash. Tate’s 17-year-old passenger was also killed and another child in the Kia was transported to a hospital in unknown condition. There is no word on whether any other injuries were sustained.

Following an investigation, police charged Hairston with driving left of center and two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. No further information has been reported at this time.

Fort Bragg, NC (June 22, 2021) – A soldier from Fort Bragg died in a car accident that took place on Thursday, June 17th. The crash happened around 9:15 a.m. on Raeford Vass Road near the intersection with Plank Road.

Police and rescue workers responded to reports of a car accident in the area shortly after the crash occurred. According to police, there were at least two injuries in addition to the soldier’s death. All three victims were soldiers who were traveling to a training range when the collision occurred. There is no word at this time on the cause of the crash but it has been deemed accidental. Police have not identified those involved and there is no information on whether any charges are expected to be filed. It is not clear how many vehicles were involved in the accident.

No further information has been released at this time.

Greenville, NC (June 4, 2021) – Two teens who were killed in a crash near Greenville on Thursday have been identified. The collision took place just before noon on U.S. Highway 264.

According to reports from authorities, Alberto Pedraza was operating a box truck on U.S. 264 when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed over a median before traveling into the opposite lanes. Pedraza’s truck collided head-on with a car. The crash resulted in the death of four teenagers in the car. Two of the teens have been identified as 18-year-old Abby Foster, and 18-year-old Madison Wilson. A 15-year-old and 17-year-old were also killed in the crash.

Following an investigation, authorities charged Pedraza with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and operating a vehicle in an unsafe manner under the conditions.

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