The North Carolina Supreme Court has affirmed liability of the state’s Department of Transportation in a Charlotte car accident that killed three people – including two children – as a result of the agency’s failure to install traffic signals at the intersection where the crash occurred.
The North Carolina Industrial Commission had awarded $1 million each to the estates of those killed in the 2009 motor vehicle accident on Highway 49, near South Carolina. The justices affirmed the ruling by the Court of Appeals, which rejected the transportation department’s argument that motorists participating in a drag race were the only cause. Not so, the courts held.
A woman, driving with her 2-year-old daughter, was making a left turn onto the highway from a cross street when she was blindsided by one of the racing vehicles, which investigators later opined was traveling 86 mph. The woman, Cynthia Furr, and her 2-year-old daughter, Mackie, died. Also killed was a 13-year-old named Hunter Holt. He had been a passenger of one of the racing drivers. Continue reading