Salisbury, NC (December 28, 2020) – A teenager died and three others were injured in a car accident that took place in Salisbury on Sunday, December 27th. The accident was first reported at approximately 6:30 a.m. near Jake Alexander Boulevard.
The crash involved one vehicle. Police say that 19-year-old Alex Garcia was driving a Mercedes SUV at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle. The Mercedes left the roadway and collided with a tree before coming to rest. There were a total of four passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident. A 16-year-old boy suffered critical injuries and was later pronounced dead. An 18-year-old and a 16-year-old passenger are currently in the hospital in critical condition. Garcia was treated at Rowan Regional Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries and was later released.
Police believe that speeding and drug use played a role in the crash. At this point, Garcia has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to maintain his lane of travel. Other charges are pending the outcome of an investigation.
There is no additional information available at this time.
We would like to offer our condolences to the family who lost a loved one in this tragic accident in Salisbury. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families and we hope for their full recovery.
Fatal Car Accidents in North Carolina
Sadly, fatal car accidents take place in North Carolina every day. In 2019, nearly 1,500 individuals were killed in North Carolina car accidents. These accidents take place on busy highways and quiet city streets. The common factor in most fatal crashes is negligent driving. A driver who is speeding, distracted, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol poses a risk to themselves and to all others on the roadway. Unfortunately, hundreds of people lose their lives in North Carolina crashes each year due to the careless actions of others.
There is certainly nothing more devastating than the loss of a loved one in a tragic accident. This is especially true if your family member was not at fault for the accident. Following a fatal crash, you may be wondering what legal rights you have. Under North Carolina law, if your loved one was killed in a car accident you may have legal rights. North Carolina’s wrongful death statute allows victims’ next-of-kin to bring a claim within two years after the date of death. These claims are brought against the negligent driver in order to recover any available compensation.
During this difficult time, your focus should be on grieving and moving forward with your family. At Burton Law Firm, we will handle all of the legal details on your behalf. North Carolina wrongful death lawyer Jason M. Burton has more than eight years of experience with assisting those in need following a fatal car accident in North Carolina. We are here for you at any time and we would be honored to assist you during this period of your life.
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