Crash Severely Injures Eight People on Interstate 85 in Guilford County, North Carolina (NC)
GUILFORD, NC- Cbs17.com writes that eight people are currently hospitalized following a crash in Guilford County this week.*
A hit-and-run driver caused the collision and is now facing multiple charges, including for reckless driving. The incident occurred in the evening on Interstate 40/85. The suspect who caused the collision also caused three other hit-and-run crashes in Alamance County in North Carolina. The vehicle in which the suspect was traveling was reportedly speeding when it collided with an SUV. The impact caused the suspects' vehicle to crash along a concrete median barrier, and the SUV came to a stop on the right-hand shoulder of the interstate.
Three children were thrown from the SUV in the impact. The driver suspected of causing the crash suffered injuries in the collision, as did two adults and five children who were in the SUV at the time. Charges are currently pending against the suspect driver. The road reopened later in the evening after the authorities cleared the scene.
Studies indicate that hit-and-run drivers tend to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs when they cause crashes. The AAA conducted an analysis of the phenomenon of hit-and-run crashes in the United States and found that these collisions are on the rise. Through the course of the years studied by the AAA, the rate of fatal hit-and-runs increased by more than seven percent annually.
Although it is challenging to come up with a profile for hit-and-run drivers, studies suggest that the probability of a driver involved in a hit-and-run being under the influence of alcohol is anywhere from two to nine percent higher than is the likelihood of a driver who stays at the scene of a crash being drunk at the time. Drunk drivers clearly have a motive to flee the scene as they fear legal repercussions for driving under the influence.
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