Charlotte, NC – UPDATE: Police Identify James McCullough as Victim of Crash

Charlotte, NC (October 19, 2020) – Police in Charlotte have identified the victim of a hit-and-run accident that took place on Saturday, October 17th. The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. along Beatties Ford Road.

According to a report from the scene, Jamal McCullough was walking in a crosswalk on Beatties Ford when he was hit by a Toyota driven by Shawn-Dale Javonta Ashley. McCullough was critically hurt as a result of the accident and was later pronounced dead at the scene by rescue workers. Ashley was not injured in the collision and there were no additional injuries reported. Police have not released any additional details surrounding the accident at this time.

An investigation into the crash remains ongoing. Police have not said whether any charges are expected against Ashley. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mercedes of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department at 704-432-2169.

We wish to extend our most sincere condolences to the family of Jamal McCullough following this fatal hit-and-run crash in Charlotte.

Pedestrian Crashes in North Carolina  Charlotte, NC - UPDATE: Police Identify James McCullough as Victim of Crash

Pedestrian crashes and deaths have been on the rise in North Carolina over the past several years. According to statistics most recently published by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were 225 deaths related to North Carolina pedestrian accidents in 2018. This number represented an increase from 2017 when there were 200 deaths due to pedestrian crashes. Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable victims of traffic crashes as they have little or no protection from the force and impact of a collision. As a result, pedestrian accidents are among some of the most severe and catastrophic crashes that we encounter.

If you or a loved one have been affected by a pedestrian accident in North Carolina, you could have valuable legal rights. If your loved one was killed due to the negligence of another driver, you could be entitled to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of your family member. Under North Carolina law, wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the date of death and can include compensation for funeral and medical bills, loss of consortium, lost wages, and more. These claims are complicated, however, and should only be handled by an experienced North Carolina wrongful death attorney.

At Burton Law Firm, we fight hard for our clients each day. We know what you are experiencing during this difficult time and we are here to help you fight throughout. Led by attorney Jason M. Burton, our firm will have your back every step of the way and we will help you receive a positive outcome so that you can move forward with your life.

We are standing by to take your call at any time. Our firm offers free consultations and case evaluations for all potential clients. We also handle accident cases on a contingency fee basis meaning that there is no obligation to you unless we obtain a recovery on your behalf. To schedule your free appointment with a member of our team, please contact us via the link on our website or give us a call any time at (833) 623-0042.

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