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The disruptive impact of car accidents in the holiday season

A recent accident in North Carolina has led to the death of a pastor, aged 43. The accident happened on a recent Tuesday evening in December. Fatal car accidents such as this one disrupts the lives of those left behind during a time when families typically come together for the holidays.

The accident happened at around 6:30 p.m. According to the police report, the 31-year-old pickup truck driver ignored a red light. His vehicle struck the minivan driven by the pastor in the intersection. The passengers of the minivan, two children and a woman, were also injured. They were all transported to a hospital in the area, but the extent of their injuries was not reported.

The driver of the pickup truck was arrested at the accident scene by the police and appeared in court the next day. He faces several charges, including DUI, second degree murder and failing to stop at a red light. Initially his bail was set at $100,000. It was increased to $1 million at the hearing. 

North Carolina law allows for the legal estate of a deceased victim to file a wrongful death claim against a driver deemed negligent, while seriously injured victims of car accidents may choose to file personal injury claims. A civil court may award financial damages to injured parties upon proof of negligence that is found to have caused or materially contributed to the accident. In this instance, if it is formally established that the man was driving under the influence and thereby caused the crash, it may lead to an award of monetary damages.  

Source: whky.com, "Man Charged In Vehicle Accident That Claimed Life Of Pastor Appears In Court", Dec. 7, 2016

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