Alcohol was involved in two very serious car crashes last week. One critically injured Davidson College baseball coach, Dick Cooke, and the other resulted in a fatality near the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. It is always sad to hear news reports like this but our North Carolina personal injury lawyers have witnessed the dangers of drinking and driving through their practice.
On September 18, 2012, Coach Dick Cooke was returning home from visiting a recruit on Interstate 77 in Charlotte when his car was struck from behind, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The investigators alleged that the accident was caused by Brittany Alana Fitch, 27, from Clover, South Carolina, who it was claimed was driving recklessly and impaired, with a revoked license. The impact of the collision caused both vehicles to leave the roadway and end up in a wooded area.
MEDIC reportedly took both people involved to the Carolinas Medical Center-Main for treatment. According to the coach’s wife, her husband had bleeding on the brain, fractured ribs, lung injuries requiring a chest tube and multiple fractures of his leg. Dick Cooke has coached the Davidson Wildcats for 22 years and served as an auxiliary coach for Team USA at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia when they won a gold medal.
On September 22, 2012, at about 1:20 p.m., another horrible crash occurred on Highway 17 Business near the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident happened across from the Pirateland Campground, when a Jeep traveling north crossed over the median and into the pathway of a van traveling south, hitting it head-on.
Five people in the van were injured and taken to the hospital. One passenger, Wesley Samuel, 52, from Columbia, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol charged the driver of the Jeep, Jordy Wayne Calhoun, 18, from Conway, with two counts of Felony DUI. One count was for causing death and the other for causing great bodily injury. After being taken to the hospital, he was transported to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
Make no mistake about it, driving while impaired is serious business. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics indicate that there were 33,808 traffic fatalities in 2010, including 10,839-or nearly one third-who were killed in accidents where a driver was legally intoxicated. Broken down further, 65% of the people killed in theses crashes were drivers, 28% were passengers and 7% were non-occupants. The bottom line is that someone dies in a drunk driving crash every 51 minutes.
If you, a family member or someone you know has had a loved one seriously injured or killed by a drunk driver, it is very important that you seek the advice of a North Carolina personal injury lawyer who is experienced in handling those types of cases.
Auger & Auger is a Charlotte, North Carolina firm that has almost 40 years of collective experience in handling all types of serious bodily injury cases, including those that have been caused by drunk drivers. Our firm has devoted its entire practice to helping clients throughout the state seek the maximum possible recovery for their injuries or the loss of their loved ones.
For your convenience, we have five offices. Three are located in Charlotte and we have one office each in Raleigh and Greensboro.
Contact us now to schedule your confidential, no obligation consultation. We handle cases on a contingency basis. This means that you will never have to pay our firm an attorney fee unless we make a recovery for you.
S.C. Woman Charged in Crash That Injured College Baseball Coach, WBTV 3 News, September 18, 2012
Fatal Crash on 17 Business Leads to Felony DUI Charges For 18-year-old , News Channel 15, Reported by Allyson Floyd, September 22, 2012
Drunk Driving Statistics
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