An individual does not have to be under the influence of alcohol to face criminal charges as a result of their role in a car accident. In some case, North Carolina police may be able to investigate car accidents and determine that a driver was significantly negligent, which can result in their arrest. In a recent case, police have charged a woman after her car is alleged to have struck another vehicle, which resulted in the death of one individual and the other suffering serious injuries.
Police stated that the 19-year-old woman caused the accident when she drove her Mustang over the center line. Police have stated that they do not know why the car veered into the oncoming lane. However, police have not concluded their investigation at this time.
As a result of the crash, the passenger of the car that was struck was killed. The driver was taken to an area hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries. The driver of the Mustang was also injured.
North Carolina Police have stated that they are going to charge the woman with death by motor vehicle when she is released from the hospital. This criminal charge, may not only ensure that the driver faces justice for her reckless act in criminal court, but may also assist the victims and their family if they elect to file a civil suit. This evidence could go a long way to them receiving the compensation they need in order to try and move on from this tragic event.
Source: WBTV 3 News, “Woman charged in morning wreck that killed one, injured another,” Chris Dyches, June 19, 2013