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3 Passengers Ejected Toddler Dies Driver Charged

January 31st, 2012

A Greensboro car accident has left two people hospitalized, and a toddler has died as the result of his injuries following ejection from the vehicle. On Thursday morning, North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to an accident near the Alamance-Guilford line on I40/85. The driver of the vehicle, Sherika Chandler, lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway, and flipped several times before coming to its final stop off of the roadway. Witnesses to the crash believe the front end of Chandler’s vehicle was in close proximity to the rear of a tractor trailer truck, but that there was no impact.

Troopers report that three of the vehicles six occupants were ejected from the vehicle. The injured passengers were initially taken to Alamance Regional Hospital, but were ultimately airlifted to other local hospitals, including Moses Cone Hospital. One of the 2 year old passengers has died from his injuries, having been ejected from the vehicle. Chandler, who has prior charges for speeding, driving with license revoked, and multiple charges for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute a schedule III substance, sale and delivery of a schedule III substance, and possession with intent to distribute a schedule IV substance, has been charged with Driving with Revoked License, Failure to Maintain Lane Control, and Failure to Restrain a Child.

North Carolina law requires that the driver of a motor vehicle “shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway” and “the driver of any motor vehicle traveling upon a highway outside of a business or residential district and following another motor vehicle shall, whenever conditions permit, leave sufficient space so that an overtaking vehicle may enter and occupy such space without danger.” The general rule, and that which is promoted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, is that drivers should keep a distance of 1 car length for every 10 mph the vehicle is traveling. State Troopers report that Chandler was traveling 70 miles per hour at the time of the crash, and accordingly, should have left 7 car lengths between her vehicle and the tractor trailer truck.
Under North Carolina law, all occupants of a moving motor vehicle are required to be properly restrained, no matter where in the vehicle they are seated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reports that the leading cause of death for children in the 3 to 14 year old age group is car accidents, and that of the nearly 5,600 children below the age of 14 that were killed in car accidents in 2008, 46% were unrestrained. The study also found that fatalities in children between that ages of 1 and 4 were reduced by 54% with proper use of safety seats.

If you or a family has been injured while a passenger in a vehicle that was at fault in causing a car accident, the injury attorneys at Auger & Auger can help. Call (704)364-3361 for your free consultation.

Posted In: Car Accidents, Seatbelt, Wrongful Death