A 20-year-old male UNC student from Asheboro faces multiple felony counts in the aftermath of an Orange County crash on Sunday, July 19.
Investigators allege that the man purchased and consumed alcohol before driving northbound on southbound Interstate 85, near exit 163. His Jeep then struck a southbound vehicle occupied by two adults and two children, according to WRAL.
Multiple Injuries and Loss of Life
Two friends, both from Charlotte, did not survive the crash. One was a 46-year-old female and the other was a 49-year-old female. A six-year-old child also died in the wrong way wreck. A nine-year-old girl suffered serious injuries, but physicians approved her release from the hospital several days after the accident.
When law-enforcement approached the driver of the Jeep, he presented a fake ID that stated he is 21 years old. He now faces multiple charges, including three counts of second-degree murder, three counts of felony death by motor vehicle and one count of felony serious injury by motor vehicle. Other charges also include possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage, DWI, possession of alcohol by a person under 21 years of age and driving under 21 years of age after consuming alcohol.
On Thursday, July 23, an Orange County judge set bail at $1 million.
Although the investigation into this fatal interstate crash is ongoing, both victims and survivors of victims of negligent conduct on the state’s roadways may seek compensation under North Carolina state law. In wrongful death cases, it is possible for survivors to seek monetary damages for loss of companionship, pain-and-suffering and burial expenses.
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