Since 2009, texting while driving has been illegal in North Carolina, but that did not stop one local woman. On February 8, a Belmont woman was charged with second-degree murder for the death of an elderly Belmont woman, and has been charged with texting while driving and driving while intoxicated, according to WCNC Charlotte. The driver was operating her 1999 GMC Jimmy SUV when she hit a 75 year-old pedestrian with. According to witnesses, the woman was dragged down the road by the truck until the vehicle finally came to a stop after hitting a row of trashcans. The elderly woman lay on the street and yelled for help. Her husband rushed to her side, but she later died at an area hospital.
The driver is also charged with reckless driving, driving while impaired, texting while driving, and driving without a valid license along with second-degree murder. Her license had been suspended for 12 months following a DWI conviction in October 2013. She was also charged in January 2011 for a Level 4 DWI. Her criminal record lists other previous drug and alcohol charges. She is being held in the Gaston County jail without bond.
Neighbors are angry, worried and Read more
Posted In: Car Accidents, Drunk Driver, Texting and Cell Phone Use
An elderly Florida woman killed three people and seriously injured four more as she tried to back out of a handicapped parking space. As the 79 year old woman was trying exit the parking lot, she put her vehicle in reverse and accelerated backwards, hitting a group of seven elderly women before she jumped a curb, backed over some small trees, and ended up partially submerged in a creek. Neither she nor her passenger was injured. According to news sources, one person died at the scene and two died at an area hospital. The four injured churchgoers are in serious condition.
This tragedy hit the small community hard; as the Pastor tries to comfort his congregation and the victims’ families, the 79 year old woman who killed and injured so many is likely dealing with feelings of guilt for failing to put her vehicle in drive before accelerating. Perhaps Florida law is also to blame for this accident. Florida law requires that drivers 80 years of age and older pass a vision test and renew their licenses every 6 years, rather than every 8 years as is required of younger drivers. Some experts argue that the law does not go Read more
Posted In: Car Accidents, Elderly Drivers
Texting and driving do not mix under any circumstances. Put prescription medication on top of that, and you have a recipe for car accidents and fatalities. Belinda Hudspeth learned that the hard way, as she is now facing charges for allegedly hitting and killing Lavon Ramsey.
Hudspeth regrets her decision to text and drive. She’s already faced two DWI convictions and one for drug trafficking. She was sentenced to probation in those cases, but now she’s realizing the depth of her actions. “I just want to apologize to the family,” Hudspeth said in court.
Ms. Hudspeth’s bond was set at $1 million. The family was in tears as the bond was set. “My momma didn’t mean to do it. It was an accident,” said Angela Walker, Hudspeth’s daughter.
While these types of things do happen, and she didn’t hit Lavon Ramsey on purpose, the fact still remains that Ramsey is dead and Hudspeth is facing charges because she briefly stopped paying attention to the road to answer a text. One has to ask if the text that she was sending was worth someone’s life.
Chuck Ramsey, the husband of the deceased, says that he forgives Hudspeth for answering the Read more
Posted In: Car Accidents, Distracted Driver, Drunk Driver, In The News, Wrongful Death
This past October, a young missionary from Charlotte was killed while riding his bicycle in California. Even though the recent high-school graduate was wearing a helmet, he died of his injuries. Despite bike safety awareness, bike collisions with motor vehicles are on the rise and so are fatalities. Between the months of January and July 2012, 14 pedestrians and cyclists were killed by motor vehicles. By the end of the year, there were 22 pedestrian and cyclist fatalities.
Analysis by the NC Department of Transportation found that most pedestrian accidents happen uptown, and in low-income areas where people rely on walking to their destination or to get to public transportation. The community is demanding safer streets for our pedestrians and cyclists. Charlotte, along with other Sunbelt cities such as Phoenix and Orlando, expanded exponentially during the automobile age, meaning our city was built for cars. Charlotte’s goal is to build 375 miles of sidewalks by 2035, however, city planners are running into funding problems as the city council keeps rejecting spending plans. Municipalities across the country are trying to renovate their cities into bike and pedestrian-friendly communities while also tightening budgets in a tough economy. Local residents are urging lawmakers Read more
Posted In: Bicycle Accidents, Car Accidents
A Wisconsin bicycle delivery man lodged in the windshield of the car that struck him claims he turned to the driver and said, “Hello, I’m the guy you hit on the bicycle.”
In a bizarre twist of events, the driver did not respond and instead drove into a stop sign and then hit another vehicle before he got home, with the cyclist still stuck in his windshield. The driver finally noticed the cyclist when he came to a stop outside his home. According to the cyclist, the driver questioned who he was and what was he doing inside his car, before locking his car doors and going into his house. The driver is now facing a few preliminary charges, including suspicion of drunk driving, suspicion of hit-and-run and suspicion of failing to render aid.
The cyclist is lucky that he walked away from the situation relatively unscathed. Actually, he is lucky to be walking at all. In order to be more visible to drivers, the cyclist, a newspaper carrier, was wearing a reflective vest and his bike was outfitted with front and rear flashers. Unfortunately, motorists fail to look out for cyclists and pedestrians way too often. This month in Read more
Posted In: Bicycle Accidents, Car Accidents, Drunk Driver
As a parent, you place a lot of time and effort in choosing the right day care center for your kids, and you hope your decision on which center to choose is the right one. Four Charlotte families may be rethinking the day care center they had entrusted with their children after a fire destroyed a local home that also serves as a day care center in North Charlotte. The rules for home day care centers are not the same as for other child care facilities. According to DHHS, this particular home daycare was license and was operating in accordance with the number of children allowed. This fire was ruled an accident, and seems to have started from some disposed charcoal in the back of the home. All four children and one adult escaped safely without injury.
No parent wants to receive the phone call in which they learn their child’s safety was compromised by the facility they trusted. Everyone in the day care center is lucky to have walked away from the blaze unharmed. Under NC law, the staff to child ratio for in-home child care is much more restrictive than the ratio required for an independent child care Read more
Posted In: Daycare Accidents
Over the past few days, the wintry weather has kicked into high gear, blanketing snow and ice over the entirety of North Carolina. While these conditions are extraordinary, safety measures to prevent accidents are not. The police department reported that they were responding to 105 wrecks in the Charlotte area on Wednesday.
What types of accidents are happening?
- Drivers get run off the road to avoid getting hit by others
- Downed power lines are tangling up the roads
- Overturned vehicles
- Multi-car pile-ups
These types of accidents are common during snow and ice storms, but there are ways that you can prevent these types of accidents from happening to you.
Stay off the roads
We definitely understand that you are under pressure to go to work, but is it necessary to risk getting into an accident? If your employer allows it is there any possibility of remote working?
We cannot emphasize this one enough. Speed plays a part in a huge number of accidents. When the weather is frightful, it’s time to slow down at least 10mph to the fact that there’s snow and ice on the roadways. If you still feel that you’re going too fast then slow Read more
Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News
Members of the 82nd Airborne honor guard were badly injured & pinned in an accident with a log truck. Accident lawyer Herb Auger calls it a reminder of the dangers of large trucks.
LAURINBURG, N.C. – TEN Fort Bragg honor guard members were brutally injured when their van collided with a tractor trailer. Attorney Herb Auger of Auger Law says these accidents are sadly common, and can involve the worst injuries of any kind of vehicle accident.
Ten 82nd Airborne Division honor guard members were on their way to a funeral home when their van was struck by a truck hauling logs, according to ABC 11 News (retrieved 01.14.2014). The impact of the collision crumpled part of the van, pinning several servicemen inside.
Part of the van had to be cut open to free the men.
The van driver and all nine passengers were injured, with at least three being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. The driver of the tractor trailer declined medical treatment.
“A tractor trailer can demolish most other vehicles, often taking very little damage itself,” said Auger, who works to assist accident victims and their families. “Any accident can turn tragic but the worst ones we Read more
Posted In: In The News
A tractor trailer crash leaked ethanol in harmless quantities—but attorney Herb Auger says it underscores the risk of industrial truck accidents.
CHARLOTTE, NC – A CRASH involving a chemical-loaded tractor trailer alarmed residents and stopped traffic. Accident lawyer Herb Auger of Auger Law says that even though the chemicals turned out not to be deadly, they highlight the increased risk of accidents involving tanker trucks.
The crash involved a tanker hauling ethanol according to WCNC News (retrieved 01.14.2014). When the semi crashed, first responders detected a leak of the substance and HazMat was notified.
“The consequences tend to be worse whenever a big truck is involved,” said Auger, whose firm helps accident victims who have been injured. “A tractor trailer is quite possible the most dangerous vehicle on the road. But once there are chemicals on board, it can affect an entire community.”
Ethanol is an industrial version of alcohol which can be used as a solvent or for fuel. While not the most toxic chemical on the roads, Auger says it can cause substantial harm in large enough quantities.
“This is something you don’t want in your groundwater,” he said.
Fire Department officials said the leak was minor. Motorists Read more
Posted In: In The News
Concord Police have detained a man in connection with a fatal hit and run that occurred outside of a Mexican restaurant. They arrested 48-year-old Darrin Eugene Edwards at his home on Blue Sky Drive NW in Concord in connection with the incident. Police charged Edwards with one count of felony hit and run and one count of misdemeanor death by vehicle.
The victim of the incident was a 50-year-old man named Juan Antonio Torres Jr., also from Concord. He was fatally struck by Edward’s 2014 Jeep Cherokee near the entrance of El Patron. Concord Police believe alcohol is a factor. At present, Edwards is in Cabarrus County Jail under a $100,000 bond.
Hit-and-run is the act of causing a traffic accident and failing to stop and identify oneself afterwards. The penalties and the definition of hit-and-run vary from state to state, but they all have severe legal consequences including the suspension or cancellation of one’s driver’s license, or even lifetime revocation of a driver’s license in certain jurisdictions.
If you or one of your beloved family members has been a victim of hit and run, dealing with the unfortunate incident single-handedly can be very painful. Why not let an experienced Read more
Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News, Wrongful Death
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