There were three people in the Ford Focus as it sped down Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard on a recent weekend night. Around 9 pm, the 41-year-old driver lost control of the compact car, causing the vehicle to slam into a bridge column near the interchange with Academy Road.
A passenger in the back seat was killed and a passenger in the front seat suffered serious injuries in the crash. The driver reportedly sustained minor injuries in a wreck police say was likely caused by a combination of alcohol and excess speed.
An investigation into the cause of the fatal crash is ongoing.
The 41-year-old Durham driver went off the left side of the road and then over-corrected, sending his 2005 Focus into a spin. The car slid “a long distance,” police believe, before its left-rear crashed into the bridge.
The 53-year-old Durham man seated on the left side of the back seat was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck. The 43-year-old Durham man in the front passenger seat suffered injuries described as serious.
According to a news report, the driver faces two felony charges: death by motor vehicle and serious injury by motor vehicle.
In North Carolina, both the injured passenger and the estate of the deceased can pursue lawsuits in single-vehicle crashes in which the driver is at fault. In many of these cases, claims will be filed against the driver and the owner of the vehicle.
These matters are complex and emotional, requiring the guidance of a Raleigh attorney experienced in both personal injury and wrongful death litigation.