Sanford, NC (March 16, 2021) – A woman from Sanford died in a crash that took place on Monday afternoon. The incident happened around 12:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 1 near Tramway Road.
According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 86-year-old Lois Simmons was pulling out of a Food Lion grocery store at the intersection around 12:30 p.m. At the same time, a deputy with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office was pursuing a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Clifton Donnell McIver, of Sanford. As McIver sped through the intersection he collided with Simmons’ vehicle. McIver’s car then crossed the center line and collided with two other vehicles before catching fire and bursting into flames.
Simmons was rushed to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill where she ultimately succumbed to her injuries. McIver was later apprehended by officers and was charged with fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle possession of a stolen firearm and several traffic violations. There were no other injuries reported.
An investigation is ongoing. No additional information is available.
We wish to offer our most sincere condolences to the family of Lois Simmons following this fatal crash in Sanford.
Deadly Car Accidents in North Carolina
Deadly car accidents in North Carolina occur on a daily basis. In 2019, approximately 1,400 people lost their lives in crashes on our state’s roadways. Sadly, many of these victims were innocent individuals who were killed due to the actions of negligent and careless motorists. Drivers who make bad decisions are responsible for the vast majority of reported North Carolina car accidents. This includes reckless driving, speeding, distraction, and impaired driving, among other things.
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, you are no doubt experiencing one of the most difficult times in your life. The pain and frustration can leave you feeling depressed and hopeless. Fortunately, you do have legal rights during this time. If your loved one was killed through no fault of their own, it is important to speak with an attorney about filing a wrongful death claim against the responsible driver. Under North Carolina law, these actions can afford valuable compensation for families in need after a sudden tragedy.
At Burton Law Firm, North Carolina wrongful death lawyer Jason M. Burton stands ready to help. From our office in Raleigh, we proudly serve crash victims and their families throughout eastern North Carolina. For nearly 10 years, we have fought for the rights of our clients and during that time we have recovered more than 40 million dollars in total compensation through settlements and verdicts.
Our team is standing by and we are ready to take your call at any time. We offer a free consultation and case evaluation for all potential and prospective clients. We also handle most accident cases on a contingency fee basis so there is no attorney fee unless we obtain a recovery on your behalf. To schedule your appointment with a member of our team, please reach out to us via the link on our website or give us a call at (833) 623-0042.
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