A woman was hit and killed after she stopped on Interstate 26 in Henderson County, North Carolina. The accident happened at about 12:30 am on Christmas morning near mile marker 46. Police were called to the location for a report of a serious collision, and when they arrived, they found the victim lying in the roadway. The victim was dead at the crash scene.
According to a witness, the woman was driving with an orange safety cone stuck in the underneath of her vehicle. She stopped to remove the cone and fell out of her vehicle and onto the road. Another driver stopped to assist. The other driver helped move her vehicle out of the roadway when the woman was suddenly hit by a semi-truck. The big rig did not stop, and police are investigating the accident.
In North Carolina, as in other states, it is against the law to leave the scene of a serious accident. A hit-and-run happens when a driver is involved in a crash but fails to remain on the scene. North Carolina law states that a driver must immediately report an accident to the proper authorities. A driver must exchange information with the driver of the other vehicle involved and must provide law enforcement with proof of insurance when requested.
Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “If an incident report was filled out, do I have a right to receive a copy?”
Hit and run is a crime that may be either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. Typically, if the damages caused by the crash are minor, the police may charge you with a misdemeanor. If the accident results in serious damages, bodily harm, or death, the crime will likely be a felony. Another possible charge could be death by vehicle, also commonly called vehicular manslaughter.
In this case, the police are continuing their investigation of the crash. A witness who called the police and stayed at the scene told police that although it was dark, the area of the road was well-lit, and the truck driver should have seen the person on the roadway. The truck driver should have known that he or she struck a person or vehicle and should have stopped. Police indicate that through their investigation, they know that the truck sustained some damage because some pieces of the truck were left on the roadway.
A highway patrol officer stated that the truck was a large white semi that was not carrying a trailer. At this time, police just need to talk to the driver to determine what occurred. They want to learn why the driver failed to stop when he obviously should have known that he hit something. The officer stated that the truck may be hard to hide because it is large and there is visible damage to it. They are asking the public for help. Anyone with information about the truck or truck driver should contact the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
If you or a loved one was hurt by a hit-and-run driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Call our legal team as soon as possible at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, at 704) 370-2828 for a free initial consultation.
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