Charlotte, North Carolina drunk driving accident kills teenager, seriously injures two friends

Our hearts go out to the family of a teenager killed in a North Carolina car accident allegedly caused by a man with three drunk driving convictions on his record.

The Charlotte Observer reported that the 17-year-old was killed in the Gaston County crash. She had recently graduated from North Gaston High School. The 28-year-old driver of the car has been charged with second degree murder and is in jail on a $2 million bond.

Our Charlotte, North Carolina injury lawyers take special care in fighting for the rights of clients who have been seriously injured or killed in drunk driving accidents. These are frequently tragic cases as families are forced to deal with the devastation caused by the senseless acts of a driver who climbs behind the wheel after having too much to drink.

Five hundred of the 1,433 fatal North Carolina car accidents reported in 2008 involved a driver under the influence of alcohol, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The laws are evidently not working. North Carolina drunk driving laws provide for permanent revocation of a driver’s license if the previous violation is within 5 years. What is this 28-year-old defendant still doing on the road with three previous DUI charges?

This girl was killed and two of her friends were seriously injured by a habitual drunk driver. The accident happened Sunday night on Dallas-Cherryville Highway and also seriously injured two of her friends. Despite his DWIs, the defendant has spent a total of just 37 days in jail (a third conviction calls for a mandatory one-year jail sentence).

He was on the road, despite having a revoked license. Police say his Jeep Cherokee was traveling 60 mph when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 1984 Oldsmobile. Witnesses said he was driving erratically and passed two other cars before the crash.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the North Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Representing clients throughout North Carolina, including Charlotte, Gastonia, Hendersonville and Lenoir.

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