Fatal North Carolina Car Accident Rocks Murphy

July 19, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

Last Friday, a tragic and fatal North Carolina automobile accident shook Cherokee County. Thomas Martin Stiles, a 63-year-old former welder with Industrial Piping, Inc., died after being struck by a car that lost control on Hiwassee Dam Access Road.

The driver, 22-year-old Amanda Rose Davis, allegedly had been driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% – enough to qualify her as officially DUI in North Carolina – when her vehicle flew over a curve and smashed into Mr. Stiles’ riding mower. According to a report from Citizen Times, “the accident shattered Stiles’ legs and severed a blood vessel in his abdomen. He died in the hospital a day after the July 6 crash.”

The neighbor who saw the North Carolina car accident firsthand said the car “knocked him several feet and knocked his shoes off.” That curve had a reputation as being dangerous – the neighbor who saw the fatal crash admitted that “a few accidents [have occurred there] before.” But this was the first fatal accident. Police charged Davis with “felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, misdemeanor and possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.”

Victims and family members of victims in horrific crashes often are stunned, overwhelmed, and devastated by events. They fail to get adequate information about their rights until far too late in the process. The most valuable evidence from the scene of an accident – direct eyewitness testimony, pictures of the accident scene, police reports, etc – becomes much more difficult to collect (and much less valuable) the longer that you wait to gather this information.

An experienced North Carolina car accident law firm can help you organize the most appropriate way to start to advocate for yourself and ensure that you preserve your potential for taking legal action, if you ultimately opt to seek remuneration to the court system.

More Web Resources:

Stiles obituary

Fatal crash on Hiwassee Dam Access Road


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