Two Scary Holiday Car Accidents in North Carolina Lead to One Dead and Nine Injured

January 31, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

As families throughout the Old North State celebrated Christmas blessings and rung in the New Year, some families were grieving and/or wracked with fear and concern over the welfare of their loved ones.

In Charlotte, a jeep accident near Northlake Mall created a catastrophic situation that resulted in injuries to nine different people, including life-threatening medical damage. Apparently, the jeep’s driver lost control and smashed into a tree.

Meanwhile, on Christmas Eve, out in Greensboro, 29-year-old Ronald Beardslee died when a Georgia woman hit his SUV, head-on. A child in the SUV and another passenger went to hospital with injuries that were, thankfully, non-life threatening. The woman who hit him, Ashleigh Lynn Mellon of Atlanta, also went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Greensboro Police Department is investigating what happened using their Crash Reconstruction Unit. Ms. Mellon faces an array of criminal charges related to the crash, including careless and reckless driving, driving while impaired, felony death by vehicle, felony serious injury by vehicle, and hit and run (she smashed into a guardrail before hitting Beardslee’s SUV).

These stories are pretty sobering. They illustrate the fragility of human life and the constant dangers that our North Carolina roads and superstreets hold for anyone who ventures onto them.

If you’ve recently been hurt – or if a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a Charlotte car crash – probably you’re feeling a lot of things right now, none of them good. During this fragile time, you need resources to help you make better decisions. We at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo are here to provide a free and compassionate consultation, if you’re emotionally ready to start to pick up the pieces and think about what to do next.


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