North Carolina Car Crash Involving Alleged Drunk Driver Kills 24-year-Old Chester Woman

December 28, 2010, by Michael A. DeMayo

Hannah Floyd, a Chester resident, died this weekend in a Mecklenburg County, North Carolina car crash. The 24-year-old, who had just graduated from Winthrop University, was a passenger in a vehicle that went off the right side of northbound Interstate 85.

According to police, the car’s driver, Maegan Dacus, lost control of the auto on the icy road before striking a utility pole. They say that even though the vehicle was traveling at a velocity that was under the speed limit, the auto was still moving at a rate that was too fast for the snow and ice conditions on the road. Dacus and another passenger also sustained injuries.

Dacus, who was admitted to Carolina Medical Center, is charged with DWI. More charges are likely. There were at least three other deadly North Carolina traffic crashes over the weekend.

In other Charlotte, North Carolina motor vehicle crash news, police have apprehended 39-year-old Ronald Jason Butler after he allegedly fled a truck-bus crash site last night.

Butler is accused of rear-ending a Charlotte Area Transit System bus while driving a 2001 Chevrolet truck on South Tryon Street at the Interstate 485 ramp. According to bus driver Jerico Ortiz, he had just started to drive away from the intersection after stopping for a traffic signal when the North Carolina truck-bus accident happened. Ortiz and two bus passengers were transported to the hospital and treated for back and neck pain.

Butler, who was found not far from the collision site, is charged with hit-and-run, DWI, and driving with a revoked license.

Drunk Driving
Driving while intoxicated is dangerous when done anytime of the year. That said, in winter weather, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can make it even more difficult to pay attention to the road and traffic conditions and keep proper control of the vehicle when maneuvering over ice and snow.

Across the nation. law enforcement officers are engaged in their yearly winter holiday crackdown known as “Drunk Driving. Over The Limit. Under Arrest.” We hope this season is as safe one for you and your family.

Man charged after hit-and-run with CATS bus leaves several injured, WBTV, December 28, 2010

Winthrop grad, 24, killed in NC crash; Driver charged with DWI, Charlotte Observer, December 28, 2010

Safe Driving in Ice, Rain, and Snow May Prevent Charlotte, North Carolina Car Accidents, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Blog, December 18, 2010


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