Teen driver blamed for causing fatal Charlotte car accident that killed motorcycle rider

A Butler High School football player is facing charges in connection with a Charlotte, North Carolina car accident that claimed the life of a 51-year-old man, News Channel 9 reported.

Our Charlotte injury lawyers frequently report the dangers faced by teen drivers on our roads and encourage parents to speak to their young adults early and often about the importance of making good driving decisions. Only by using each of these tragedies as a teaching opportunity can we have a positive impact on the dangers faced by teenage drivers on the road.

In this case, the 17-year-old withdrew from the football team this week, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials. He faces a misdemeanor charge of death by vehicle, driving without a license and failure to yield the right of way. The DMV reports he was never issued a driver’s license.

The school senior and former running back turned across Rocky River Church Road to go left onto Camp Steward Road when he hit the victim on his motorcycle, according to police. The fatal Charlotte motorcycle accident is also a reminder that riders will be out enjoying a few last rides as long as the weather is tolerable. Motorcycle accidents usually lead to very serious or fatal injuries to riders and keeping an eye out for motorcycles can help motorists avoid such tragedies through the final weeks of riding season.

The rider was pronounced dead at the scene. Police report that the teen was also charged with driving without a license in September. The victim’s wife of nearly 30 years, as well as his daughter and son-in-law, said he was an avid motorcycle rider who enjoyed getting out on his bike whenever he could.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident or motorcycle accident, contact the Charlotte accident lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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