An Onslow County, North Carolina, man has been charged with second degree murder in relation to a drunk driving-fueled car accident earlier this month that left a North Carolina woman dead.
The 40-year-old driver was allegedly drunk when his pickup truck collided with the Cadillac the victim was riding in. According to state troopers, the man crossed the center lane of North Highway 17, south of Maysville, and slammed into an oncoming Cadillac. The passenger of the Cadillac, a 53-year-old woman, died on impact. Her husband, who was driving, was taken to a hospital for his injuries.
This was not the end of the wreckage the pickup driver inflicted. He went on to hit another vehicle, but fortunately the driver of that car was not injured.
In addition to second degree murder, the pickup truck driver faces charges for driving while intoxicated. Since this was the second time he was charged with DWI, he has been held in jail on a $350,000 bond. He was driving on a restricted license when the accident occurred.
In the event that such a driver causes an accident involving a death or injury, victims and loved ones can bring a civil suit against the driver in addition to the criminal charges. Personal injury and wrongful death litigation can provide compensation for funeral and medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and loss of companionship among other things.
The sudden and tragic loss of a loved one can never be quantified; an award of monetary damages can help to alleviate difficult financial effects of such a tragedy.
Source: Eyewitness News, "Man charged with DWI, 2nd Degree Murder, makes first court appearance after fatal car accident," Tony Rawlings, March 18, 2012