Currituck County, NC (September 1, 2020) – Police in Currituck County were at the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident on the Caratoke Highway on Sunday, August 30th. The crash happened just after 2:00 a.m. in the 600 block of the roadway.
According to Sgt. S.D. Hurley of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, three men on bicycles tried to cross the highway when they were hit by a car that was traveling in the northbound lanes. The driver first moved to a nearby parking lot to remain at the scene but later fled. As the victims were lying in the roadway, one of them was struck by a second vehicle and was dragged several feet before the car came to a stop. The driver of the second vehicle remained at the scene.
Both men who were struck were pronounced dead by rescue workers. Neither of the victims has been identified at this time. On Monday, the hit-and-run driver surrendered to authorities and is now facing charges in connection with the crash.
The incident is under investigation at this time. No further details are available at this time.
We wish to extend our most sincere condolences to the victims’ families following this tragic accident in Currituck County.
Fatal Accidents in North Carolina
Sadly, there are more than 1,400 people killed in North Carolina traffic accidents each year. Many of these victims will lose their lives in crashes that are not their fault and that are actually caused by the negligent behavior of other motorists. A North Carolina car accident must be carefully investigated by authorities in order to determine the cause and which driver should be held responsible. In some cases, it may be necessary to hire an expert crash reconstructionist to piece together the events that led up to the collision.
Under North Carolina law, family members could have legal rights when their loved one is killed by a motorist on our roadways. A North Carolina wrongful death claim can often be filed against a person whose negligence led directly to the death of another. Wrongful death claims in our state must be filed within two years of the date of death and should only be handled by an experienced attorney.
At Burton Law Firm, North Carolina wrongful death lawyer Jason M. Burton is familiar with the legal requirements of wrongful death lawsuits. These cases can be complicated and they require the skill and knowledge of a trusted lawyer in order to help recover the compensation that you need and deserve. While we understand that no amount of money can ever bring your loved one back, a wrongful death case can help you receive money to pay unexpected expenses and to move forward following a sudden tragedy.
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