In North Carolina and across the nation, drunk driving leads to car accidents, injuries and death. Drinking alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car has been shown to make accidents more likely.
A North Carolina woman is dead after a two-vehicle accident that occurred on Oct. 23 around 3:40 p.m. The 62-year-old woman was reportedly traveling west on N.C. 72 when her vehicle collided head-on with another vehicle being driven by a 25-year-old man.
Across the U.S., 93,000 motorcyclists suffered injuries and 4,957 motorcyclists died in traffic collisions in 2012, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The number of injuries was 15 percent higher than in 2011, and the death toll was 7 percent higher. In North Carolina alone, 198 motorcyclists died in 2012.
North Carolina Highway officials report that a two-vehicle crash in Hendersonville County during the morning hours of Oct. 13 left two individuals dead. Police said that they do not believe alcohol was a factor in the auto wreck.
A 76-year-old man was killed in a two-car wreck in Lenoir County on Oct. 11 when a 52-year-old driver struck the driver's side of his vehicle. Responders at the scene found the vehicles on top of one another, and state troopers say the second driver is at fault and under investigation. The deceased victim was accompanied by his 46-year-old son, who was injured and airlifted to a Greenville hospital along with the other driver.
A head-on collision between two vehicles occurred north of Sanford along the concurrent route of N.C. Highway 87/U.S. Highway 15-501 on Oct. 7. One man was hospitalized with minor injuries.
An accident involving three vehicles resulted in several injuries and the death of a 15-year-old North Carolina high school student. The incident happened shortly before 7 a.m. when a green Saab sedan carrying four students allegedly failed to yield to traffic while making a left turn and hit a Honda driven by a student on her way to Wake Forest High School. A third vehicle was also involved in the crash.
A man driving a white Dodge Caravan was arrested and charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. The man's van crossed the double yellow lane divider on North Tryon Street in Charlotte crossing into the southbound path of a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle.
On Sept. 6 around 9 p.m., a 51-year-old man driving an SUV reportedly hit a pickup truck. According to police, the SUV driver was headed eastbound near Beaufort when it crossed the centerline.
On Sept. 2, a Mills River man was killed in a three-car accident on Boylston Highway. According to North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers, a pickup truck crossed over the center line of the highway, crashing into the victim's vehicle head-on near Mills River. Following that head-on collision, another car hit him from behind.