A man is due to appear in court after more than six years to answer charges in connection with a deadly Charlotte drunk driving accident.
CBS 3 reported that the 26-year-old defendant crossed the median and struck a car head-on. He was charged with drunk driving, but bonded out of jail and disappeared until being arrested on an assault charge last month. The accident claimed the life of a father whose wife was six months pregnant with a daughter he never got to meet. The girl is now 6-years-old.
The defendant is facing numerous charges, including felony death by vehicle, reckless driving and driving without a license.
Nationwide, approximately one-third of all fatal accidents involve alcohol, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2008, a total of 11,773 people died in alcohol-related traffic fatalities.
Alcohol was involved in 501 of the 1,433 fatal North Carolina car accidents that year.
Fox 8 reported that bond in the case was set at $15,000, the same amount posted when the defendant fled in 2004.
Our Charlotte injury lawyers take special care in our work with the victims of drunk driving crashes. Few serious injury or wrongful death cases are as senseless as the devastation caused by someone who has climbed behind the wheel after having too much to drink.
If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, contact Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.