The 16-year-old driver involved in a car crash that killed her best friend has been charged with driving without a license, not wearing a seat belt, speeding and death by a motor vehicle. All charges were filed as misdemeanors, and not felonies. The victim, also 16 years old, was from Waynesville.
Police say the unlicensed driver was driving a 1996 Chevrolet passenger car on Dogwood Road near the Monte Vista Road intersection, in Asheville when she went around a curve and lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. Police estimate the car was traveling at approximately 55 mph in a 35 mph zone. The victim, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car. A 16 year-old male passenger, who was sitting in the back seat and also not wearing a seat belt with the crash occurred, was also injured in the crash, however, police classified his injuries as non-life threatening. The car belonged to the dead victim.
Motor vehicle accidents are the number one leading cause of death for teenagers. Our law firm has reported on too many tragic accidents that were a result of speeding teenage drivers. Speeding accounts for more than half of those fatal accidents. What makes this particular accident even more tragic is that, according to law enforcement, had the victim been wearing her seat belt, she would still be alive today.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a speeding driver, contact an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the negligent driver for any pain and loss you have suffered.