The North Carolina Highway Patrol has disclosed that three people died in a multi-vehicle crash in Columbus County early on Tuesday morning.
The victims have been identified as Deborah Jane Montouri, 58; Eric Lavon Freeman Sr., 45; and Lacey Wilson, 8.
Troopers say the accident occurred on Highway 410 around 4:15 a.m.
According to a press release, an SUV was traveling south when it went over the center line and struck a trailer that was being towed by a pickup truck.
It then hit a Nissan Maxima head-on. When these vehicles came to a stop, another car crashed into them.
A woman who was traveling in the SUV landed in knee-high grass at the roadside.
Troopers revealed that she was run over by fire officials who responded to the scene.
An investigation into her death is ongoing.
The individuals who suffered serious injuries were 26-year-old Courtney Fussel, 55-year-old Steven Wayne McDonald, 26-year-old Stephanie McDonald, 65-year-old Verner Bingman, and 53-year-old Timothy Mattem.
They were taken to Grand Strand Regional in South Carolina.
Steven McDonald was the driver of the SUV and he is facing one count of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.
A driver can be charged with this offense if they unintentionally cause someone’s death while breaking a state law or local ordinance such as failing to stop or yield or speeding.
Misdemeanor death by motor vehicle is a class A1 misdemeanor that’s punishable by up to 150 days in jail and a fine that’s up to the discretion of the judge.
If you suffered serious injuries in a car crash or a loved one died because of a reckless driver, you may be able to recover damages. A North Carolina car accident attorney can help you to get the compensation you deserve.