A 17-year-old boy is dead after the car he was a passenger in ran off the side of the road and into a ditch. The fatal crash occurred Friday night, at approximately 10 p.m. in Lenoir County, North Carolina.
According to reports from the Lenoir County Highway Patrol, the car was being driven by a 42-year-old man on NC 903 near Seven Springs when it suddenly went off the road and landed in a ditch on the left side of the highway. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.
The driver of the car was transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where he remains in critical condition. Preliminary investigation by law enforcement indicates that both alcohol and speed played a role in the fatal accident. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash. The driver has been charged with driving under the influence. The investigation is still ongoing and more charges may be pending.
There are reports that neither the victim nor the driver was wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.
National statistics reveal that every two hours, there are three people killed in drunk-driving highway crashes. These fatal crashes claim the lives of over 10,000 people every year, forever changing the lives of family members, who may never get over the tragic and senseless loss of their loved ones.
Secondary to the emotional toll these deaths take, there is also the financial one. Drunk driving high-way accidents cost over $37 billion every year.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by a drunk driver, contact a compassionate North Carolina wrongful death attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the negligent driver for you family’s pain and loss.