Charlotte, NC (August 9, 2020) – A utility worker died after he was struck by a car at a South Charlotte job site on Saturday, August 8th. The crash took place just after 6:00 a.m. on Granite Street near the intersection with Continental Boulevard.
According to reports from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, 59-year-old Thomas Reynolds Porter, Jr. was standing in the roadway with his back to traffic when he was hit by a passing vehicle. The driver of the vehicle immediately stopped to call 911. Rescue workers rushed to the scene and administered medical treatment to Porter. Ultimately, their efforts were unsuccessful and Porter succumbed to his injuries.
At the time of the crash, Porter was wearing a yellow reflective vest at the time he was hit and a company vehicle with flashing lights was parked nearby. CMPD officers along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are currently conducting an investigation into Porter’s death. Police do not believe that speeding or impairment were factors in the crash. No other injuries were reported.
Anyone who has information regarding the accident should contact CMPD at 704-432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Fatal Accidents in North Carolina
A North Carolina fatal accident can take place anywhere at any time. Those who work in industries such as construction and utility maintenance frequently find themselves on or near the roadway for several hours per day. These individuals are very vulnerable to being killed or injured by inattentive and negligent drivers who are unaware of their surroundings. Drivers should always exercise extreme caution when traveling through work zones or other areas where workers are in the roadway in order to avoid a tragic outcome.
Under North Carolina law, the surviving family members of the deceased may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim when their loved one has been killed by a third party. A North Carolina wrongful death claim involves filing a lawsuit against the person directly responsible for the death. These cases must be filed within two years of the date of death and they will seek compensation for funeral and medical bills, loss of companionship, lost wages, and more.
Wrongful death cases are complicated and should only be handled by a skilled attorney. North Carolina wrongful death lawyer Jason M. Burton of Burton Law Firm will stand by your side as you are going through one of the most challenging and trying times of your life. Mr. Burton has represented hundreds of clients throughout North Carolina and understands what you are experiencing. We are here to help you recover the compensation that you deserve so that you can move forward with your life following an unexpected tragedy. We serve clients throughout the Piedmont region and all across the State of North Carolina.
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