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Tragic Hit-and-Run Crash Kills One in Iredell County, North Carolina


January 13, 2020

IREDELL COUNTY, NC- Statesville.com writes that a hit-and-run driver killed a 28-year-old man earlier this week. The driver, identified as a 71-year-old man, later turned himself in. The vehicle involved was identified as a 1984 Chevrolet pickup truck.*

The victim reportedly was standing next to his car on Interstate 40 in the evening shortly after leaving the Davis Regional Medical Center. A passing driver saw the young man on the roadside and stopped to check on him because he looked unwell. The woman called 911 and was waiting with the victim when a truck collided with a construction barrier before striking the woman’s vehicle and the victim. The driver contacted police after a family member told him they had heard the report and description of the vehicle. 

Fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime. Drivers who are involved in severe crashes that injure or kill motorists can face felony charges for leaving. Many drivers still do leave the scene. In some instances, motorists involved in crashes may panic and leave, but the most common situations that lead to hit-and-run crashes involve drivers who are drunk or driving without a valid license. Based on a report published by the AAA, drivers who flee after severe crashes often do so because of a strong motivation to avoid being apprehended by police. While a driver may be involved in a wreck that is an accident, a driver under the influence involved in the same type of crash will know that the consequences for striking someone while driving drunk are severe. In many cases, police struggle to find enough evidence to locate the responsible driver. 

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Sources:https://www.statesville.com/news/local/driver-in-fatal-hit-and-run-crash-on-i-/article_c367587f-b258-5586-961f-bb5b487fae07.html and (Downloads PDF) https://aaafoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18-0058_Hit-and-Run-Brief_FINALv2.pdf

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