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One Dead, One Injured, and One Arrested After Intoxicated Car Crash in Wilmington, NC

A Wilmington, NC intersection crash on Saturday, October 23, left one person dead, another injured, and a third facing multiple charges.

Authorities say the crash happened at the intersection of Independence Blvd and Independence Mall. Karem Cramer, 74, was turning south onto Independence Blvd. from Independence Mall when a vehicle driven by Tyler Owen Smith, 30, ran a red light heading north on Independence Blvd. Smith’s vehicle then crashed into the side of Cramer’s vehicle.

Sadly, Cramer was later pronounced dead at the scene, despite life-saving efforts from emergency personnel. A passenger in her car was taken to a local hospital with injuries.

Smith was given a field sobriety test, then was arrested, facing a lengthy list of charges:

  • 2nd Degree Murder
  • Aggravated Felony Death by Motor Vehicle
  • Habitual DWI
  • DWLR (Driving While License Revoked)
  • Impaired Revocation
  • Red Light Violation

 

Unfortunately, DWI accidents are not uncommon in North Carolina. In fact, a total of 11,345 DWI collisions were reported in the last year in the state, accounting for a total of 7,602 injuries and 411 deaths. Overall, DWI accidents in North Carolina make up about 28.5% of all reported traffic deaths, with more than half of fatal collisions happening due to lane departure. 

If you know a surviving family member of a person who was injured or killed in an accident, please encourage them to contact our firm immediately. The consultation is completely free, with no out-of-pocket cost to the family to hire us.

For over 25 years the attorneys at Auger & Auger have been dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals and families that have suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. We have years of experience guiding and helping our clients every step of the way to receive compensation for aspects such as medical bills, funeral costs, and other monetary losses. 

Editorial Note: At A&A we are always looking to improve the quality and safety and are saddened by the outcome of many tragic accidents across the Carolinas. The purpose of this news blog is to write about cases relevant to our industry and raise awareness about injury cases so that victims of similar incidents can educate themselves on theories of liability, the law, and how personal injury cases typically work. This article is created using publicly available information and is a secondary source. If you find any information here to be inaccurate, please notify us at [email protected], and we will make the appropriate adjustments. 

Posted In: Carolina Accident News

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