Carolina Beach, NC (July 26, 2020) – Two pedestrians were hurt in a crash involving an impaired driver in Carolina Beach. According to reports from the scene, the crash took place on Thursday, July 23rd around 7:45 p.m. in the 200 block of Ocean Boulevard.
Multiple agencies, including the Carolina Beach Police Department, the Carolina Beach Fire Department, and the New Hanover County EMS arrived at the scene following reports of a pedestrian crash. When police arrived, they determined two pedestrians were walking on Ocean Boulevard when they were hit by a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was later identified as 58-year-old Alexander Edward Zielinski of Kure Beach.
The pedestrians were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. At this time, it is unclear if the injuries are believed to be life-threatening. The identity of the injured victims has not been released. Following an investigation, officers determined that Zielinski was impaired. He was later arrested and charged with driving while impaired. He was then taken to the New Hanover County Jail and placed under a $10,000 bond.
An investigation into the accident is still ongoing at this time. No further details have been released.
We are saddened to hear of this pedestrian accident in Carolina Beach and we hope for the complete and speedy recovery of the pedestrians involved.
Pedestrian Accidents in North Carolina
The number of individuals killed in North Carolina pedestrian accidents rose slightly to 225 in 2018. In 2017, there were 200 fatalities involving pedestrians on our roadways. Additionally, there were many more individuals who suffered serious injuries due to pedestrian accidents. This includes victims who were hospitalized and received extensive medical treatment following the crash. Well over half of all pedestrians who are involved in an accident will sustain some type of injury requiring medical care.
The causes of pedestrian accidents in North Carolina will vary depending on the crash. However, in many cases, the pedestrian is simply an innocent victim who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Impaired drivers contribute to hundreds of deaths and traffic fatalities every year in North Carolina and they can also play a role in pedestrian accidents. Drivers who are impaired typically are unable to appreciate the risks involved with driving and their reaction time may be slowed to the point that they do not see or recognize pedestrians until it is too late.
At Burton Law Firm, we fight for the rights of injured victims every day. North Carolina pedestrian accident attorney Jason M. Burton is familiar with all types of accident cases. Mr. Burton has assisted numerous pedestrians following serious crashes which were not their fault. We are extensively familiar with how these claims are investigated and handled and we believe that justice should always be available to victims of negligent and careless drivers.
We are standing by to help you as you go through this difficult time. Our consultations are always free and we do not receive an attorney fee unless we obtain a recovery for you. To speak with us, please call (833) 623-0042.
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