Lumberton, NC (March 18, 2021) – Two people were killed and a third was seriously injured following a single-vehicle collision in Lumberton over the weekend. The crash happened around 7:45 a.m. on North Carolina Highway 20.
According to the State Highway Patrol, 20-year-old German Mendoza Cornelio, of St. Pauls, was driving a 2008 Nissan Frontier eastbound on N.C. 20 when the car ran off the road to the right. Cornelio overcorrected the vehicle, causing it to come back onto the roadway and strike two trees before overturning. A passenger, 18-year-old Odallas Liset Carillo Sanchez, was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill where he died from his injuries. Cornelio was pronounced dead at the crash scene.
Another passenger, 39-year-old Samuel Rojas, also of St. Pauls, was taken to UNC. He suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident.
Police determined that Cornelio was traveling approximately 65 mph in a 35 mph zone at the time of the accident. Alcohol was located in the vehicle but it is not clear if that played a role in the collision.
There is no additional information available at this time.
Our thoughts and condolences are with all affected by this tragic fatal crash in Lumberton.
Fatal Car Accidents in North Carolina
The loss of a family member to a North Carolina car accident is one of the most destructive and devastating things that a person can experience. Tragically, over 1,400 people are killed in crashes throughout our state each year. Many of these victims will lose their lives simply because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Due to the prevalence of negligent drivers on our roadways, a serious or fatal accident can take place in an instant and can change your life forever.
If your loved one has been taken due to another driver’s negligence, you should seek to protect your legal rights as soon as possible. Under North Carolina law, the deceased victim’s next-of-kin may have the right to bring a wrongful death claim against the driver who was responsible for the accident. These claims seek compensation for payment of funeral and medical bills, loss of consortium, lost wages, punitive damages, and potentially more. While no amount of money can replace the loss of a loved one, the compensation that you receive can help you get through a tough time in which are you can be suddenly faced with many unexpected expenses.
At Burton Law Firm, we know what you are going through and we are here to help. From our office in Raleigh, we serve injured crash victims and their family members in areas throughout the state. Regardless of how or where the crash occurred, we will fight for you to recover the maximum compensation that the law allows. Since 2012, we have recovered more than 40 million dollars in compensation for our clients.
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