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Deadly North Carolina accident leads to drunk driving charge

North Carolina roadways are dangerous. All too often, something happens that results in an accident. Sometimes the accident causes only minor damage, and all parties walk away with no harm done. Other times, someone loses their life.  Many times, accidents can have lasting medical, emotional, financial and legal effects on those involved.

Recently, an accident claimed the life of a driver. According to police reports, a 44-year-old man was operating a Toyota Tacoma with a trailer in tow. Apparently, he crossed over into oncoming traffic and collided with a Ford Mustang. The 44-year-old woman driving the Mustang was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and the driver of the Tacoma was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Although the accident occurred in the middle of the day, officers found reason to believe that the driver of the Tacoma had been drinking alcohol. Upon an initial investigation, North Carolina law enforcement officers charged this driver with drunk driving. The accident is still under investigation, and additional charges are pending. It is likely that charges related to the death of the other driver will be filed.

Charges related to drunk driving, especially when a death is involved, can have serious consequences in North Carolina. In addition to possibly losing the privilege to drive, the accused faces monetary penalties and possible jail time. Plus, criminal charges could even affect the employment situation of the accused. In a situation such as this one, the accused will benefit from an experienced defense team making sure that his or her rights are protected and fight for the best possible outcome.

Source: abc11.com, "Driver drunk in deadly Johnston County crash, troopers say", May 16, 2017

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