Tragedy struck a North Carolina community on April 27 when a woman transporting her 2-year-old daughter was killed in a crash. The car accident left her infant daughter injured and also injured the other driver. A police investigation is ongoing, but no charges have yet been filed in the incident.
The woman, a 28-year-old North Carolina resident, was driving south when she crossed the center line without warning. Her car struck a pickup truck headed the other direction, driven by a 54-year-old man who is also a local resident. According to authorities arriving on the scene, the woman was already dead when they arrived, though the infant survived and was transported to a local hospital with injuries described as non-life-threatening.
The driver of the other vehicle was airlifted to another hospital, but hospital officials have reported that he has since been discharged. Preliminary reports have suggested that both drivers were wearing seat belts and obeying the local speed limit at the time of the accident. The child was also properly restrained.
This tragic accident is made more complicated by the fact that no culpability has yet been determined. Preliminary reports suggest the deceased victim may have been responsible for the car accident when she crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. However, due to her death, any additional suit brought against her posthumously by the driver of the other vehicle will have to be handled by representatives of her estate. If the other driver suffered notable injuries or damage to his property, he may seek out such remuneration in a civil court.
Source: FayObserver.com, "Lumberton woman killed, 2-year-old daughter injured in head-on crash," Nancy McCleary, April 27, 2013