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Illegal pass triggers a 4 car accident in North Carolina

According to witnesses at the scene, a dark colored car attempted to make an illegal pass on NC 43 near Falkland, triggering a four car accident. One of the vehicles involved in the car collision was a Disabled American Veterans van carrying two people. The passenger in the van died and the driver was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Several witnesses observed the black or dark gray car trying to pass in a no-pass zone just before the accident occurred.

According to state police, a south bound Ford Expedition tried to stop for the dark colored car which caused another vehicle to slam into the rear of the Expedition. The chain reaction caused the Ford to spin into the north bound lane where it collided with the Disabled Veterans van sending it into the ditch and killing the passenger. The Ford Expedition also crashed into a Honda that was traveling behind the van.

The veteran van originated from Rocky Mount North Carolina's Twin Counties 55 DAV Chapter. On scene witnesses reported that the dark car fled from the scene after the auto accident. The driver of the Honda allegedly reported that he heard people calling for help from the veteran's van and exited his car to lend assistance.

This motor vehicle accident represents just one of the tragedies that routinely occur on American roadways. The car collision also illustrates the kinds of serious injuries and even death victims suffer when careless people attempt to operate a vehicle outside of our traffic laws. For those of us who abide by the laws designed to keep our roadways safe and free of car accidents, this case is especially tragic as it has robbed the world of an American veteran of war. We all deserve to be safe on our roads, but when preventable accidents do occur, survivors and victims can turn to the law for justice.

Source: The Legal Examiner, "Passenger Dies in Four-Car Wreck Involving Veteran’s Van in Rocky Mount" Jim Lewis, Mar. 09, 2014

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