1 killed, 2 injured in North Carolina hit and run

One person was killed and two others were injured in a hit-and-run accident in Charlotte on Dec. 19. The fatal accident involved a moped and an SUV.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the car crash occurred at about 11:30 p.m. when a 2011 Infiniti rear-ended a moped carrying two people on Old Statesville Road in North Charlotte. The impact was so strong that the two people riding on the moped were thrown, and the actual moped got stuck in the front of the Infinity.

Police say that the driver of the Infiniti, a 46-year-old man, continued to drive the vehicle for another mile. He then parked it in front of a closed business and took off on foot. The search for the man included police helicopters and search dogs.

The 22-year-old female passenger of the moped died at the scene of the accident. The 19-year-old male driver of the moped was hospitalized with serious injuries. The driver of the Infiniti was transported to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He was then moved to Mecklenburg County Jail, and he was charged with felony death by vehicle, felony serious injury by vehicle, two counts of hit-and-run, DWI and not having an operator's license.

In cases such as this one, a wrongful death claim might be filed by the family of the deceased victim. Evidence from the police report as well as any charges brought against the liable driver might be used to demonstrate negligent behavior as well as liability. If the claim is successful, the family might receive a monetary award for economic and non-economic damages. Non-economic damages might include loss of companionship and care while economic damages might include loss of financial support and compensation for funeral and burial expenses.

Source: WSOC, "Man accused in deadly Charlotte moped wreck to face judge", December 20, 2014

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