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Wake County hit-and-run accident leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

An early-morning car accident in Wake County left two women dead and two people with injuries on Nov. 1. The accident occurred at about 12:30 a.m. on New Bern Ave. at the intersection of Trawick Road. A 1998 Honda sedan entered the intersection to turn left on Trawick Road from the eastbound lane of New Bern Ave. At the same time, a dark-colored Chevrolet Avalanche traveling in the westbound lane of New Bern Ave. ran the red light, broadsiding the Honda on its passenger side.

Five people were riding in the Honda. Two of the passengers, a 24-year-old Fuquay-Varina woman and an 18-year-old Wake Forest woman, suffered severe injuries and died. Two Raleigh men riding in the car suffered unspecified injuries that were described as non-life-threatening in reports. The Honda's driver, a 28-year-old Louisburg man, suffered no injuries in the crash.

The Avalanche's driver did not stop at the scene of the accident. Investigators from the Raleigh Police Department initiated a search for the car, asking members of the public to come forward if they saw the crash or the vehicle. They said the vehicle might be a 2002 to 2006 black Avalanche with a gray front bumper.

Hit-and-run drivers may evade police for years a long time. This leaves family members of deceased victims with limited opportunities to seek compensation for the negligent actions that led to their loved ones' fatal car accidents. Expenses resulting from fatal accidents may overwhelm households, leaving families in need of relief from funerary costs, medical bills, lost income and other debts. Personal injury attorneys may be able to provide hit-and-run accident victims' families with information about their legal options in cases where police cannot locate negligent drivers.

Source: WRAL, "Two killed, three injured in hit-and-run wreck in east Raleigh", October 31, 2014

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