Whiteville, NC (October 5, 2021) – Two men lost their lives in a hit-and-run accident that took place in Columbus County near Whiteville on Monday afternoon. The accident occurred at the intersection of J.K. Powell Boulevard and Washington Street.
Officers with the Whiteville Police Department responded to the scene. According to a report, Jacob Tyler Sax, of Mebane, was driving a vehicle near the intersection when he collided with another car. The second car had at least four occupants at the time of the collision.
Rescue crews rushed to the scene and transported four people to a local hospital. Kenneth Goben and Javier Pena were later pronounced dead as a result of their injuries. Two other victims were transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment on undisclosed injuries. There is no word on their conditions at this time.
Sax fled the scene following the accident. He was later located and was booked into the Columbus County Jail on two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and two counts of hit-and-run causing serious injury or death. His bond was set at $300,000.
There is no further information available at this time.
We wish to offer our thoughts and condolences to the victims and their families that have been affected by this tragic hit-and-run accident in Whiteville.
Fatal Crashes in North Carolina
Every year in North Carolina, there are hundreds of thousands of reported motor vehicle accidents. In 2019, approximately 80,000 people were hurt in North Carolina car accidents. While drivers are legally required to remain at the scene of a crash, many of them choose not to. This is often the case when the driver is aware that they have caused a serious crash and they are hoping to avoid being held legally responsible for their actions. A hit-and-run accident in North Carolina can have devastating effects on both victims and their families and can be extremely frustrating when seeking recovery from the other driver.
If you or a loved one were injured or affected by a hit-and-run accident, it is important to seek the help of an experienced attorney right away. Locating available sources of insurance coverage is especially important in this scenario. Even if the driver is not located, your attorney can ensure that you have available coverage to pay for your medical bills and any other costs that were incurred as a result of the crash.
Wrongful Death Lawyer in Whiteville
At Burton Law Firm, our Whiteville personal injury lawyer Jason M. Burton has the skills and experience needed to get the job done. Regardless of your situation, we will fight to obtain the compensation you need to help you recover and get back on your feet. For nearly a decade, we have served clients throughout eastern North Carolina and we would be honored to serve you as well.
We stand ready to take your call at any time. Our firm provides a free consultation and case evaluation for all potential and prospective clients. Our Whiteville wrongful death attorneys are here to help during your time of need. We understand what you are going through and we will protect you so that you can focus on more important things during this difficult time. To schedule your free appointment, please reach out to us at the link on our website or give us a call at (833) 623-0042.
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