Elderly North Carolina Man Killed in Speed-Related Car Crash

When a person just receives a driver's license, there is often much he or she must still learn through the experience of driving. Unfortunately, basic rules, such as following the speed limit, must be obeyed at all times. A recent car crash in North Carolina points to the importance of doing so.

The accident happened one evening on a day in early April. According to reports, a 16-year-old was driving on a North Carolina road when his vehicle allegedly went across the dividing line. Doing so, officials claim, resulted in a head-on crash with another vehicle.

The teenage driver as well as the 83-year-old man and his passenger, his wife, were transported to the hospital. Unfortunately, the older man died as a result of injuries suffered. Though officials say that the woman's condition has improved somewhat, she still faces surgery. The teenager has since been arrested and faces charges of misdemeanor death by vehicle and careless and reckless driving. According to reports, the teenager was driving 75 to 80 mph at the time of the collision; the speed limit is 45.

The North Carolina woman injured in the crash is now facing life without her husband and the prospect of planning his funeral while also dealing with her own recovery. As a result of funeral expenses and medical bills, the car crash could create a significant financial burden for her. To help cope with these costs, she may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the parties deemed responsible, potentially including the teenager's parents or other responsible party.

Source: wbtv.com, "16-year-old charged in deadly head-on car crash in Gaston County, neighbors voice concern", Alex Giles, April 5, 2018