A recent North Carolina car accident resulted in two deaths and two injuries when a vehicle mysteriously careened down the wrong traffic lane into unsuspecting motorists. The 44-year-old driver of the vehicle that allegedly sped into oncoming traffic was pronounced dead at the scene of a five-car crash, authorities say.
At about 9:10 a.m. on Nov. 29, police dispatchers began receiving calls from concerned onlookers reporting that a white SUV had been spotted traveling west in the eastbound lanes that morning. Before the vehicle could be intercepted by authorities, the offending vehicle collided with two other SUVs and two cars in a crash that left advancing motorists at a standstill.
The 73-year-old driver of one of the other vehicles involved in the deadly crash passed away en route to the hospital. Two of the other drivers were also injured. One driver and passenger reportedly escaped the accident without injury. The site of the incident was closed for over five hours as police used various means to determine the details of the incident, including a Highway Patrol helicopter which took aerial photographs. Authorities hope to discover what drove the man to enter the wrong lane.
In a case like this, the testimony of witnesses may be crucial, as the driver of the offending vehicle died in the crash. Under such a circumstance, individuals who have been harmed in a collision may have the option of pursuing legal action against the deceased driver’s estate, provided ample negligence is proven. If the injured victim later succumbed to their injuries, a family may be able to establish a wrongful death lawsuit against the estate as well.
Source: News & Record , “2 die in 5-car wreck in High Point“, November 29, 2014