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Teacher charged in fatal North Carolina drunk driving crash

If you drive about 90 miles northeast of Raleigh, you’ll come to Gaston. The small town was the site of a recent interstate highway crash that took the life of a 59-year-old man.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says a Maryland high school teacher has been charged with driving under the influence, driving with an open container of alcohol, failure to maintain lane control, careless and reckless driving and felony death by motor vehicle.

Law enforcement officials said the 34-year-old English teacher is from Gaithersburg, Maryland. They said he was driving his 2016 Honda Civic on Interstate 95 when he hit a guardrail. The teacher then drove his car back onto the highway, which forced the 59-year-old Brooklyn man to try to swerve his 2001 Ford Explorer around the Civic.

The Explorer flipped and the New York man was pronounced dead at the scene a short while later.

According to a news report, the teacher has a history of driving violations, including an arrest two years ago for driving while impaired and reckless driving. He was charged with negligent driving just two weeks after his impaired driving arrest in March 2016.

He later pleaded guilty to impaired driving and negligent driving, but apparently retained his driver’s license.

This case might well be yet another example of leniency in one DUI case that leads to tragedy in another.

Those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a crash caused a by drunk driver can pursue justice with the help of an attorney experienced in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.

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