Greenville Car Accident Kills ECU Student

An East Carolina University student from Lexington was killed in a two-car accident in Greenville recently. caraccident2

The 20-year-old was reportedly a passenger in a vehicle traveling north on Charles Boulevard when that vehicle crossed over the center line and struck a large Chevrolet truck. The driver of that vehicle, also 20, was the young man’s girlfriend, and also a student at ECU. She is reportedly in fair condition. The occupants of the truck, a couple in their 60s, were also transported to a local hospital, though they have since been released.

As of this writing, no charges have been filed. The decedent was a senior who was studying business. He was remembered by family members in a recent interview with the Davidson County Dispatch as a bright young man who loved playing basketball and was loyal to his friends.

The crash occurred around 2 p.m. Pictures of the car accident reveal first responders arrived to a gruesome scene. The Nissan Altima driven by the young woman was crushed. 

Although we don’t yet know the details of why the Altima driver crossed into the other lane, the photos taken shortly after the accident appear to indicate it was a clear day and road conditions seem dry.

As family members are awaiting the results of the investigation, it’s a worthwhile time to note that as we are on the brink of summer, we need to brace for more Greenville auto accidents. Although one would think that winter would be the most dangerous time of year for motorists, it is in fact summer. There are a few reasons for this.

The first has to do with the fact there are more teens on the road. Classes are over, some are newly-graduated and this group tends to be a greater risk on the roadways. ECU students’ final exams ended May 6, according to the official spring semester calendar. This crash happened less than a week later.

Another reason for a higher rate of accidents has to do with an increased number of drivers either on vacation or on their way to a vacation. Drivers who are vacationing tend to be unfamiliar with local roads and highways. That can lead to behavior that is erratic and unpredictable. In some cases, they may be driving far too slowly because they aren’t sure where they are going and don’t want to miss an exit/ turn/ etc.

Tire blowouts are also a serious summertime risk. When the weather is hot, the air inside your rubber tires expands. This leaves them prone to blowouts, which can be extremely dangerous, especially when they occur on the highway.

Drivers are also more likely during the summer to encounter roadway construction. Although motorists are supposed to move more slowly through these areas, many do not. This can cause serious accidents.

Another reason we see more crashes: There are more motorcycles and bicycles on the road. It comes along with the warmer weather – which is great – and a number of cities throughout the Carolinas are working to create friendly road designs for cyclists and bikers. Unfortunately, drivers aren’t watching for them, and crashes occur as a result.

Although summer can be a dangerous time to drive, being aware of the potential dangers can help motorists be mindful – and safe.

Contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.

Additional Resources:

ECU student from Lexington dies from wreck injuries, May 17, 2016, By Darrick Ignasiak, The Dispatch

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