An alleged drunk driver was involved in a spring break car accident that cost the life of a North Carolina college student. The suspect could be charged with felonies in connection with the crash. The deceased woman was a student at Duke University, and a native of Cary.
The victim was part of a group of Duke students who went on a canoeing trip in Florida over spring break. The group was returning to North Carolina in two vehicles, a van and a pickup truck, on Interstate 10.
Somehow, the van was hit by a second pickup truck that crossed over the median. Most of the people in the van avoided major injury. Sadly, the victim, a 21-year-old woman, died at a nearby hospital. Another passenger in the van, also 21, was also airlifted to the hospital. He was still in the hospital later the same day.
Troopers apparently have reason to believe that the driver of the truck that struck the van was intoxicated. The Raleigh News & Observer does not mention a breath test or other evidence that the suspect was impaired. However, that does not mean that such evidence did not exist. Failure to maintain your lane is a common error made by drunk drivers.
Possible charges against the suspect include DUI manslaughter and DUI involving serious bodily injury. In addition, it is common for the family of a victim of a car accident to pursue a wrongful death claim against the person or people responsible.
All car accident deaths are tragic, because they often did not have to happen. It is especially sad when a young person is killed by a negligent driver.
Source: Raleigh News & Observer, “Duke student from Cary dies in car crash after spring break in Florida,” March 15, 2014