Johnston County, NC – UPDATE: Fernando Mendoza Identified in Fatal NC-96 Crash

Johnston County, NC (December 27, 2020) – A 44-year-old and a 78-year-old man from Zebulon were identified as the victims in a fatal crash that took place on Christmas Day in Johnston County. The crash happened just after 8:00 p.m. on North Carolina Highway 96 near Davis Rod and Highway 231 in Corinth-Holders.

According to a report from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 78-year-old Jimmy Bryant was driving southbound on N.C. 96 when, for reasons unknown, he crossed over the centerline of the roadway and collided head-on with a vehicle driven by 44-year-old Fernando Mendoza of Zebulon. Both Mendoza and Bryant died at the crash scene. A third vehicle was also involved in the crash, however, the driver of that car was able to escape with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. She was taken to WakeMed for treatment.

Troopers are still investigating the accident at this time. Neither speed nor alcohol is believed to have played a role in the crash. No further information is available.

We are saddened to hear of this tragic fatal accident in Johnston County. Our thoughts are with the injured victim in hopes of a complete recovery.

North Carolina Car Accidents  Johnston County, NC - UPDATE: Fernando Mendoza Identified in Fatal NC-96 Crash

A North Carolina car accident can take place in an instant. One minute you are driving down the road minding your own business and the next you can find yourself involved in a serious accident. Each year in North Carolina, there are about 300,000 reported traffic accidents throughout the state. While this number may seem high, it demonstrates the dangers that face motorists when they are traveling on our roadways. Sadly, there is little that can be done to prevent many injuries accidents from happening and innocent motorists are affected every day by the actions of negligent drivers.

If you or a loved one have sustained injuries in a car accident in North Carolina, you are likely to have many questions about your future. This is especially true if you have lost a family member, which is one of the most devastating things that a family will ever have to go through. Each year, hundreds of innocent crash victims will lose their lives in accidents that were not their fault. As long as negligent drivers are on the roads, there will always be a risk of death or serious injury for people who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

North Carolina’s wrongful death laws may provide some relief for family members who have lost a loved one. Under our state’s laws, you could be entitled to receive payments for loss of consortium, lost wages, funeral and medical bills, and more. While we certainly know that no amount of money will bring your loved one back, the financial compensation that you receive can help get you through a tough time as you get back on your feet after a sudden tragedy.

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