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Raleigh woman charged after fatal accident

A woman from the Raleigh area now faces criminal charges in connection with her role in a fatal accident that happened in the area a couple of weeks ago. The woman was also herself significantly injured as a result of the accident and had to be taken to the hospital.

As is a somewhat common occurrence on the area highways, traffic was already at a standstill at the time of the deadly wreck on account of a prior accident. A man driving a van had stopped on the road because of the prior accident, and a woman from Pittsboro, North Carolina, had stopped just behind the van.

The lady now charged in connection with the accident, for whatever reason, did not stop when she come up to the traffic jam. Instead, she slammed her car in to the back of Pittsboro woman's vehicle, pushing her car in to the van in front of her. This pinned the Pittsboro woman's car between two other vehicles, causing fatal injuries.

While some reports suggest that the accident had something to do with the weather, the woman who caused the chain of impacts faces charges of "death by vehicle" and "failure to reduce speed." Despite what the posted speed limit is, it is every North Carolina driver's obligation to slow down when dealing with poor weather or congested traffic.

This tragic case illustrates that rear end collisions are now always simple fender benders from which the vast majority of people would walk away unharmed. Rear end collisions can also turn deadly in the right circumstances, leaving a family without the financial and emotional support of a loved one.

Source: ABC 11, "Woman charged in connection with fatal I-540 crash," Aug. 9, 2016.

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