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Congregation mourns death of pastor after drunk driving accident

A North Carolina family and congregation are mourning the death of a senior pastor after a fatal accident. The pastor of the Abundant Life Church of God was killed in a tragic drunk driving accident on a recent Tuesday evening in December. All three his children, who were traveling with him, were also injured in the accident.

The accident happened at approximately 6:30 p.m. It is reported that a 31-year-old driver skipped a red light and crashed into the minivan driven by the 43-year-old pastor. The pastor died at the scene of the accident. His children were taken to a hospital in the area. They were discharged on Wednesday morning and are now in the loving care of their family.

It is alleged that the 31-year-old driver was impaired at the time of the accident. Traffic authorities found alcohol in his truck and concluded he was under the influence of a substance. To make matters worse, the truck he was driving was a work truck and not his own vehicle.  

The truck driver was charged with second degree murder, driving while under the influence, skipping a red light, driving while his license has been revoked and possessing an open container. Incredibly, he has been convicted twice before on DWI charges. A request was made to the judge to increase the drunk driver's bond to $1 million because of his history.

Irrespective of the outcome of the criminal charges, the family of the deceased victim of the drunk driving accident has the option to file a wrongful death claim against the truck driver and the registered owner of the vehicle he was operating. In North Carolina, the surviving family of a victim of a car wreck may file a wrongful death claim in order to pursue recovery of monetary damages arising from the accident. Any damages awarded may assist the family of the deceased to better cope with the unexpected expenses, including funeral and burial costs.

Source: wsoctv.com, "Drunk driver charged in crash that killed Catawba Co. pastor, troopers say", Dave Faherty, Dec. 8, 2016

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