Fifteen people in a church van went to hospitals with serious injuries after an SUV driver struck their vehicle head on. The collision occurred near the intersection of U.S. 158 and Kelly Lee Drive outside of Stokesdale, North Carolina (NC), on the morning of October 30, 2016. The at-fault driver’s one-month-old child also sustained injuries in the crash.
Police learned of the head-on collision shortly after 7 am. They later charged the woman behind the wheel of the SUV with driving under the influence, driving left of center, child endangerment, and driving with a revoked license. It is unclear from news reports whether the at-fault driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol.
The impact of the crash sent the church van off the side of the road. The van flipped over, and all the people inside became trapped. The oldest person in the van was 90.
This wreck highlights the dangers drunk or drugged drivers pose to all other people on the road at all times. Just after sunrise on a Sunday morning, going to church services, is not when anyone expects to fall victim to an impaired driver. Also, taking away a potential DUI driver's license will not keep that person out from behind the wheel. Since this wreck could not be prevented, my Carolina personal injury law firm colleagues and I hope that all the people harmed make full physical recoveries and are able to hold the at-fault driver accountable for paying medical bills and damages.