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North Carolina hit-and-run auto accident claims 2nd victim
Two bicycle riders were left to die by the vehicle that ran them down on Sept. 19. The collision happened on U.S. Highway 15/501 where it runs through the North Carolina town of Chapel Hill. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, it does not appear that there were any witnesses to the hit-and-run auto accident.
A police officer from Pittsboro came across the two cyclists. They were just lying in the center of the road. There has been no indication of what time the accident occurred, but it is known that they were found at approximately 11:30 p.m. At least one of the bicycle riders was still wearing a reflective vest when they were found.
One cyclist’s injuries were so severe that there was nothing emergency personnel could do, and that 41-year-old victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The other cyclist was still alive at the scene and was taken to an area hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the crash. Unfortunately, within days of the accident, the crash claimed its second victim when she succumbed to her injuries.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is still looking for the vehicle responsible for the death of these two bicycle riders. Since no witnesses have come forward, there is no information regarding the make and model of the vehicle. However, it must have sustained damage to the windshield and front-end.
Once the vehicle and its driver are found, charges may be filed in connection with the death of the victims in this tragic hit-and-run auto accident. Additionally, the families of the victims have the right to seek their own justice through the civil courts. Filing a wrongful death claim won’t help fill the void that has been left in these families, but it may allow them the financial resources to move forward.
Source: abclocal.go.com, Second cyclist in Chapel Hill hit and run accident dies, No author, Sept. 23, 2013