The North Carolina Highway Patrol continues searching for a driver they believe ran over and killed a woman who had been laying on the road in Bertie County, NC, early on the morning of August 10, 2014. State police identified the deceased victim as Victoria Little of Williamston and have asked anyone who has information about the fatal pedestrian accident to call (252) 332-6800.
Investigators do not know how the woman who lost her life wound up in the middle of the rural highway in the area known locally as Williamston Fields. They are treating the incident as a hit-and-run collision.
My Carolina wrongful death attorney colleagues and I know that definitive answers concerning the deadly crash will only come once the at-fault driver is questioned. The timing of the accident, between 2 am and 3 am following a Saturday night, and its location in a sparsely populated part of northeastern North Carolina raise issues about visibility, driver fatigue and potential impairment by drugs or alcohol. Regardless of the explanation, the tragedy of a young woman losing her life cannot be undone. Our condolences go out to the victim's friends and family members.
We also know that if another person is to blame for the woman's death, holding that individual fully accountable for the suffering he or she inflicted will be impossible until law enforcement personnel locate the person. Uninsured motorist coverage held through the victim's own auto policy and life insurance can help blunt some of the financial blow of the woman's sudden loss, but justice can only be served if the at-fault driver is found.