Durham, NC (September 13, 2020) – The Durham Police Department responded to a fatal crash in the city on Saturday, September 12th. The collision took place on Guess Road near the intersection with Bogarde Street.
According to police reports, 33-year-old Christopher Weathers was driving a 2018 Dodge Caravan in the right-hand lane of Guess Road. A box truck was stopped in the same lane with its hazard lights on while making a delivery. Weathers failed to slow down and slammed into the back of the truck.
43-year-old Lashawn Daniel Jones of Raleigh was standing outside the truck and was hit by the Dodge Caravan. 26-year-old Desmond Sykes was inside the truck when the crash took place. Jones was killed in the accident while Sykes and Weathers were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.
Following an investigation, Weathers was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to reduce speed. There is no further information available at this time.
We would like to extend our thoughts and most sincere condolences to the family of Lashawn Daniel Jones following this tragic collision in Durham.
Fatal Traffic Accidents in North Carolina
The North Carolina Department of Transportation reports that there were nearly 1,500 fatal collisions on North Carolina’s roadways in 2018. In addition, approximately 80,000 people were hurt in traffic crashes throughout our state. The Triangle area has seen a significant amount of population growth over the last several years. This has resulted in increased traffic volume and a higher proportion of negligent drivers on the roadways. As a result, innocent victims are more likely to find themselves involved in an injury crash.
There is nothing more devastating than the sudden loss of a loved one due to a North Carolina car accident. Families who lose their loved ones lose the companionship and financial support of a close family member. Recovering from such a tragedy can be extremely difficult, especially when the crash was someone else’s fault.
Under North Carolina, a wrongful death claim may be filed against a negligent driver who was responsible for the untimely death. The deceased’s next-of-kin can pursue these claims on behalf of their loved one at any time within two years after the date of death. Wrongful death claims are complicated and should only be handled by an experienced attorney.
North Carolina wrongful death lawyer Jason M. Burton understands what you are going through during this difficult time. At Burton Law Firm, we assist crash victims and their families in obtaining justice and compensation when they have been victimized by the careless actions of a third party. We handle all types of serious accident cases, including wrongful death, and we would be honored to assist you as well. From our offices in Raleigh, we serve clients throughout the Triangle area, including Wake, Durham, and Orange counties.
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