Police in North Carolina say that a Toyota sedan was being driven recklessly and at a high rate of speed before both of its occupants lost their lives in a fiery crash on July 28. They were pronounced dead by rescue workers at the scene. The accident took place in the southbound lanes of Interstate 85 in Davidson County at about 10:18 p.m.
According to initial reports, the 2004 Toyota was traveling southbound on Interstate 85 at a high rate of speed when it made an abrupt lane change and struck the rear of a minivan. The minivan had been entering the southbound lanes of Interstate 85 from the Highway 8 entrance ramp. After striking the minivan, the Toyota swerved back onto Interstate 85 and struck the side of a pickup truck. The Toyota finally came to a rest after striking a tree.
Police arrived to discover the badly damaged Toyota engulfed in flames, and its two occupants were pronounced dead once firefighters had extinguished the blaze. The identities of the man behind the wheel of the Toyota and his teenage passenger were not immediately disclosed. There were no injuries reported among the occupants of the minivan or pickup truck.
When the dependent family members of those killed in car accidents wish to pursue civil remedies, the personal injury attorneys representing them may review witness statements and police reports for indications that negligent behavior could have played a role. When evidence is discovered that the motorist responsible was impaired, distracted, or driving recklessly at the time of the crash, attorneys may file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for burial costs, funeral expenses, and other losses. If the negligent driver was also killed in the crash, this litigation may be initiated against the motorist’s estate.
Source: The Davidson County Dispatch, “Two killed in fiery crash”, Sharon Myers, July 29, 2016