Boy, 8 is Killed in Accident Involving Pickup Truck in Currituck County
The death of a child is one of the saddest things we see on the highways of Virginia and north eastern North Carolina. I was saddened to read about how a child was tragically killed in a two-car collision on U.S. 158 in Currituck County, North Carolina on January 13th. A second child passenger in the vehicle was also seriously injured, along with an adult passenger. No injuries were reported to the driver of the other vehicle. The accident occurred just north of Harbinger, North Carolina. The injured patients were transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by emergency helicopter.
The Virginian-Pilot reported on how the eight-year-old from Kill Devil Hills, died after his mother, turned in front of the pickup going south on U.S. 158, according to 1st Sgt. W.A. Crane of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. No charges were reported to be pending in this sad case.
Unfortunately, U.S. 158 in North Carolina is the site of numerous motor vehicle accidents each year. It is the major roadway for travelers to the Outer Banks and traffic can be heavy in the summer when it sees thousands of drivers from out of state who are unfamiliar with the highway. The combination of several factors makes U.S. 158 dangerous for drivers and passengers, including heavy usage in the summer months and high speeds due to travelers’ excitement to reach their vacation destination.
The congestion on U.S. 158 and U.S. 168 can lead to impatience and drivers putting their foot down when they do see a gap in the traffic. It’s important to obey the posted speed limits, be aware of the vehicles around you and don’t drive distracted.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were injured in this accident.
If you have been seriously injured in a car collision, or lost a loved one due to the negligent driving of another, it is important that you discuss your rights with an experienced attorney. Children are not usually blamed by the law for accidents and passengers have rights. The attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers are always willing to discuss your claim with you during a free consultation. Call us at (757) 455-0077.