Woman Sustains Fatal Injuries in Five-Vehicle Accident on Highway 74 in Monroe
MONROE, NC – According to online news articles published by www.wsoctv.com and myfox8.com, one woman was killed and a pregnant woman injured in a 5-vehicle accident on Highway 74.*
Authorities are investigating a 5-vehicle accident that left one woman dead and a pregnant woman critically injured. The afternoon accident happened on Highway 74 near Stafford Street in Monroe. Reports indicate that a pregnant woman was driving a red Range Rover east on Highway 74 when her vehicle crossed the median and flipped.
The pregnant woman’s vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer and a Honda CRV that were both traveling west on Highway 74. Two vans trying to avoid the accident collided, adding to the 5-vehicle accident.
Authorities indicate that the 30-year-old driver of the Honda CRV was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The pregnant woman driving the Range Rover sustained injuries and was transferred to a hospital where she remains under observation. She is listed as being in critical condition. No other injuries were reported.
The accident is still under investigation, and there are currently no pending criminal charges.
North Carolina is One of the Worst States for Deadly Car Accidents
According to recent data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), North Carolina is one of the most dangerous states for deadly car accidents.
In 2017, there were a total of 1,412 car accident deaths in North Carolina, according to NHTSA data, ranking 5thin the nation for having the most car accident deaths. The only states that have a greater number of car accident deaths are Texas, California, Florida, and Georgia. Approximately one-third of all car accident deaths in North Carolina in 2017 were alcohol-related.
Based on NHTSA data, Charlotte seems to be a significant contributing factor to North Carolina’s total car accident deaths. In 2017, there were a total of 71 fatal accidents in Charlotte that resulted in 74 fatalities. In 2016, the total number of fatal car accidents was 53, which was the third consecutive annual increase. As of June 2018, the city of Charlotte reported a total of 35 deadly accidents.
A lack of seatbelt usage and speeding are key factors to many deadly accidents in Charlotte. Public records reveal that 61 percent of people killed in car accidents in Charlotte are not wearing seatbelts. Additionally, according to the same data, 40 percent of fatal car accidents in Charlotte involved speeding.
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Sources: https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/highway-74-in-monroe-closed-as-crews-respond-to-deadly-crash/977175322 and https://myfox8.com/2019/08/18/1-dead-1-in-critical-condition-after-multi-vehicle-wreck-in-nc/ and https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/investigations/investigators/study-nc-ranks-among-worst-states-for-deadly-car-crashes/275-603897545
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