A Pennsylvania resident died on Saturday night after a Fayetteville car chase ended in a crash. Officials say 28-year-old Chy-eem Dreqwon Bobbitt of Brookhaven was fleeing from a state trooper when the single-car accident occurred along Roxie Avenue near Faber Street.
The crash was reported shortly after 9:40 p.m. on October 10. However, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the chase started about an hour earlier when a trooper attempted to stop a Ford car that was speeding along Cumberland Road in Cumberland County.
A news release from the Highway Patrol said Bobbitt initially stopped on the shoulder of Boone Trail but he sped off as the trooper approached the vehicle.
Officials said he went north on Roxie Avenue at a high rate of speed. When the trooper tried to pass the Ford, the vehicle reportedly left the roadway and struck a tree. Bobbitt died at the scene.
Bobbitt’s passengers suffered serious injuries. They have been identified as 28-year-old Gerald Douglas Raeford Jr. of Fayetteville and 32-year-old Herbert Alexander Harris Jr., of Spring Lake.
They were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment after receiving immediate aid from the trooper.
The Highway Patrol also said the crash caused a small fire which the trooper extinguished.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, in 2019, there were 1,429 traffic fatalities in North Carolina compared to 149 in the previous year. Meanwhile, the most recent statistics for 2020 indicate that there have been 1,079 fatalities for the year so far.
If you lost a relative in a crash or suffered serious injuries because of someone else’s actions, a North Carolina car accident lawyer can help you to claim compensation.