Gastonia, NC (September 27, 2020) – One person is dead and another suffered serious injuries after a two-vehicle crash that took place in Gastonia on Friday. The crash occurred around 4:45 p.m. on Wren Turnpike.
According to the Gastonia Police Department, 24-year-old Ryan Patterson was driving a car westbound on Turnpike when the truck collided with a car that was traveling eastbound. Patterson’s passenger, 21-year-old Melanie Sasee, suffered critical injuries in the crash. She was taken to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead as a result of her injuries. Patterson was also transported to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition. No one in the truck suffered any injuries as a result of the accident.
Police have not released any details on the cause of the crash at this time. An investigation remains ongoing.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Melanie Saesee and we hope that Ryan Patterson is able to fully recover from his injuries.
Fatal Car Accidents in North Carolina
There is nothing more devastating or heartbreaking than the loss of a loved one in a North Carolina car accident. These crashes happen very suddenly and unexpectedly and families are faced with an immense burden following the crash. This is especially true when the victim was innocent and was in no way at fault for causing the accident to occur. Last year, nearly 1,500 people tragically lost their lives in car accidents in North Carolina. In addition, approximately 80,000 were hurt, many of them seriously.
When you have lost your family member in a crash, you are obviously experiencing overwhelming emotions of grief and uncertainty. You are wondering how you can carry on and things will never be back to what they once were. During this time, you may also want to seek justice against the responsible driver and obtain compensation for your loss. The sudden cost of a funeral and medical bills, as well as lost wages, can also play a role in your decision to seek legal representation to protect your rights.
At Burton Law Firm, we understand what you are going through. For more than eight years, we have represented family members who have suffered due to the careless and reckless actions of others. We know what you are going through and we can help. North Carolina wrongful death attorney Jason M. Burton stands ready to fight for you during your time of greatest need. Since 2012, we have helped hundreds of North Carolinians all throughout our state receive the compensation that they deserve to help them move forward with their lives following a tragic crash. We would be honored to assist you as well.
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