Hitting someone is bad, but fleeing the scene of the accident is reprehensible. Not only is this morally wrong, but it is illegal. Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents still occur in North Carolina (NC). Take, for example, the recent accident that occurred in Burke County.
A witness called in the hit-and-run accident. Fortunately, that witness also followed the driver who caused the accident after they fled the scene of the wreck. If the witness had not done this, the at-fault driver might still be at large.
My deepest sympathies go out to the Moody family. This appears to have been a senseless and preventable accident.
According to § 20-166 of the North Carolina General Statutes, a driver has a duty to stop in the event of an accident or collision. The Moody family should consult with a wrongful death attorney in North Carolina to discuss their legal options. If the deadly accident was caused by reckless or wanton conduct, a court could allow survivors to pursue punitive damages.