If you drive a little more than an hour south of Raleigh, you will arrive in Cumberland County’s Fayetteville. A 34-year-old resident of the city was recently charged with driving while intoxicated in a crash that killed a 10-year-old girl.
The man also faces charges of felony death by motor vehicle and a red-light violation, according to a news media report.
According to the TV news account, the man drove his large Chevy Tahoe SUV through a red a light, striking the Kia automobile in which the little girl was a passenger. The SUV also struck a Toyota Camry.
There was no word in the short news article about whether anyone else was injured in the violent crash in which the Kia was overturned.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, about one out of four motor vehicle fatalities in our state involves a driver intoxicated by alcohol. The nonprofit organization says there were 354 drunk driving deaths in North Carolina in 2016 (the most recent year for which statistics are available).
MADD says drunk driving is the leading cause of traffic fatalities nationally and that every two minutes, someone somewhere in the U.S. is injured by an impaired driver. The nation also averages slightly more than one drunk driving fatality per hour, 24 hours a day and seven days per week.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs, speak to an attorney experienced in the successful pursuit of justice and full compensation. Please contact O’Malley Tunstall for more information.