18-Year-Old Driver Charged with Striking and Killing Teen as he was Checking his Family’s Mailbox
CLINTON, NC – According to an online news report at abc11.com, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol is currently conducting an investigation of an accident that involved an 18-year-old driver who struck another 18-year-old who was checking the mail.*
The family of the victim has the constant reminder of their son’s death due to the mangled mailbox located on their property.
"It's a bad situation that I cannot explain. This has been really tough for us," said the victim’s mother. The woman notes that her son, 18, had just graduated from high school and like many individuals his age, was planning out his future by sending applications to colleges and scholarships.
The mother indicates that her son did not usually check the mail at the time the accident occurred. She believes that her son was waiting for an important letter. Tragically, her son will never know whether he got the piece of mail he was looking for. This was the moment when he took his last breath.
"I heard a big hit. It was not like a car accident or someone hit a pole. It was different sound, like a person. So I started running outside. I was on the phone and said 'Hold on' but I didn't know who it was. But whenever I came out here. It was my son," the mother said.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has charged an 18-year-old girl with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and crossing left of center.
The victim’s mother questions why the teenage driver was on the opposite side of the road when the accident occurred. Alcohol and speed are not deemed factors in the accident. They are looking into whether the teen driver was distracted at the time of the crash.
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