Driver indicted in North Carolina auto accident
On March 12, 2013, a man claims that his blood sugar level dropped dangerously low causing him to lose control of his vehicle. He believes that he won’t be convicted of a crime in connection with the fatal auto accident he is said to have caused that day despite the fact that a North Carolina grand jury has indicted him. The driver has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the man had been weaving back and forth in his lane before crossing into oncoming traffic and slamming head-on into the vehicle the victim was driving. Five people ended up in being taken to area hospitals by both ambulance and helicopter with various injuries. One person, the driver of the of the victim that was hit died at the scene as a result of the injuries he suffered in the crash.
The now indicted driver has expressed his sorrow for the family of the victim. However, his apology will not bring back the father the victim’s four children lost that day. The victim’s family knows the indictment won’t bring back their loved one, but it was welcome news.
Another way the family can seek justice for their loved one is through the filing of a wrongful death claim. The evidence presented on the criminal proceeding in connection with the auto accident may be offered by the family in civil court as evidence that the driver was negligent and was the cause of the victim’s death. Successful litigation could give the family the closure they need to move forward with their lives as well as provide reimbursement for the financial losses that typically accompany these tragedies.
Source: morganton.com, Driver indicted in fatal crash, Robert Boyer, Oct. 15, 2013