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Authorities search for answers after serious car accident

A car crash can turn a person's world upside down. Someone who is seriously injured as a result of a car accident often experiences a ripple effect across his or her entire life. Recovery can be a long process, if it is even possible. The families of victims may struggle too, as they try to support their loved one through such a difficult time while attempting to understand why the accident happened in the first place. This is likely what more than one family is experiencing after a serious car wreck here in North Carolina that left six people with serious injuries.

Authorities are still attempting to determine exactly what caused the crash. First responders arrived on the scene that evening, after responding to a call for a car crash and subsequent fire on the interstate. Two vehicles were involved and workers had to rescue victims from the burning car. Emergency workers put out the fire and used the jaws of life to free the people inside.

Avoid distracted driving this summer

Summer is here. It’s a great time to get outside, be active and meet up with friends. With the end of the school year, many teens with newly-minted driver’s licenses will be out and about as well. While we’re all busy making plans to enjoy the weather, it’s important to keep your eyes and your mind on the road when driving.

In fact, distracted driving is a cause in about 10 percent of all fatal crashes – or more than 3,000 deaths per year. But by keeping a few tips in mind, distracted driving doesn’t have to put a chill on your hot summer plans.

Car accident claims 2 lives in North Carolina

Police spent considerable time locating a vehicle that is believed to have been involved in a serious accident that claimed two lives in North Carolina and sent a further third person to the hospital, according to local sources. The fatal car accident, which took place back in April in Beaufort County may have been at least partially predicated by the owner of the vehicle, which has been seized by police. So far, no charges have officially been filed. 

According to the police report, on April 23, a vehicle carrying three young men, two aged 20 and a 22-year old, were traveling on Highway 33 when their vehicle left the road and flipped into a ditch. Police believe this may have been at least indirectly caused by a second vehicle driven by an unknown person. The three individuals were all thrown from the car, and it has been difficult to ascertain who was driving, as none of the three were wearing seat belts. 

Driver faces charges following car accident

A man who is believed to have fled the scene of a fatal crash has been charged, according to local sources. North Carolina authorities arrested the man, who is from out of state. The car accident is still under investigation at this time, but the man stands accused of felony hit and run. 

According to the report, two men were in a vehicle headed westbound when they attempted to pass the vehicle driven by the accused man. Somehow, the two cars collided, and the driver of the two-occupant vehicle lost control of the car. The impact caused his car to leave the road before swerving back over the center line and crashing into a ditch on the left side of the road and overturning. 

Car accident in North Carolina kills 1

A catastrophic single-vehicle accident has claimed one life and sent two other people to the hospital, according to local news sources. The North Carolina Highway Patrol has confirmed the death of the driver in the single-car accident, and has said two other people were hurt. An investigation is ongoing, but criminal charges will not be filed given the tragic death of the driver. 

According to the report, sometime on the night of April 23, a 22-year-old man was driving a sports car westbound on Highway 33 near Aurora when the accident happened. For reasons that have not yet been determined by law enforcement or accident reconstruction teams, the man's vehicle crossed the center line before leaving the road and flipping over into a ditch. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene by arriving medical personnel. 

How to stay safe taking an Uber

From childhood we’re told not to take rides with strangers. But in the 21st century, riding with strangers has changed how we get around town. Ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft have revolutionized transportation, making it cheaper and easier than ever to get where you need to go.

But ride-hailing apps come with risks, too. In March, a University of South Carolina student was killed when she got into a car she mistook for her Uber. Other crimes against Uber and Lyft passengers have been reported since the apps took off, too.

Car accident in North Carolina kills 1

A serious crash in Yadkinville has led to the arrest of a male tractor-trailer driver after another individual was killed. The car accident happened on Interstate 77 in Yadkinville, North Carolina, the afternoon of April 11. One individual, a 43-year-old woman, was killed in the crash, while another person was rushed to a local hospital. The driver faces misdemeanor charges, though it does not appear that he is in police custody at this time. 

According to the reports, the tractor-trailer was headed northbound on I-77 when traffic slowed and stopped as cars merged into a single available lane. Police say the driver did not reduce his speed in time, causing his truck to smash into a passenger vehicle. The vehicle caught fire, trapping the driver inside. The 43-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Charges filed in driver involved in car accident

A woman accused of intentionally ramming her vehicle into a car carrying her two children is facing serious charges, according to local sources. The North Carolina woman is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon and child abuse after the car accident that was apparently precipitated by a custody dispute with the children's father. She also faces charges of careless and reckless driving, although no court date has yet been announced. 

According to the report detailing this unusual incident, the 22-year-old Marion woman was involved in a custody dispute with her 21-year-old former partner and the father of their two children: a 2-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl. On March 8, the woman is believed to have intentionally rammed her vehicle into the man's car while the children were being transported by him. The extent of the damage, as well as any injuries, were not reported. 

Teen killed in car accident in North Carolina

A student at a local high school died following a tragic car wreck in Bladen County, according to local sources. The North Carolina Highway Patrol has confirmed the death of an 18-year-old man in the afternoon crash on March 11. Charges against the driver involved are apparently pending, though police do not believe alcohol was a factor in the car accident. 

According to the accident report filed by Highway Patrol, it appears a 17-year-old male was driving on Butler Mill Road around 1:50 p.m. when he attempted to navigate a curve in the road. The driver lost control of the vehicle, running off the roadway on the right-hand side. The driver overcorrected and left the left-hand side of the road, entering a ditch. The 18-year-old passenger, who was apparently not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, was ejected from the car. 

Fatal car accident claims 1 life in North Carolina

A 63-year-old woman is tragically dead following a serious car accident in north Charlotte, according to local sources. North Carolina police are in the process of filing charges against a 46-year-old male driver involved in the car accident. He has contended that the lowered visors in his SUV impeded his vision, leading to the initial collision. 

According to the accident report, around 5:45 p.m. the man was driving his SUV northbound on Interstate 485 when traffic ahead of him on the highway began to slow down as a result of congestion. The 63-year-old woman had slowed her vehicle to approximately 15 mph when she was struck from behind by the SUV, which failed to slow down in time. The force of the impact sent her car spinning across open lanes before it was struck by another vehicle. 

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