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Criminal charges filed in connection with a recent fatal crash

As an update to a post on this blog, Raleigh, North Carolina, police have now filed formal charges against a young man who was allegedly involved in a fatal car accident a few weeks ago. One man, also young, died at the scene of the accident, while the man who now faces charges was hospitalized. The young man facing the criminal case was, as of the latest reports, in custody, while the case is pending.

The charges against the young man include running a red light and "careless and reckless driving." Police say speed was also a factor in the crash, claiming the young man was going 45 mph in a 35 mph speed zone. But, the young man has been charged with a felony "death by motor vehicle" and faces allegations that he was driving while impaired by either alcohol or drugs and driving without a valid license. Although not directly related to his driving, police have filed a drug possession charge and have cited the man for an open container violation.

These charges were only recently filed, and there is no report as to how the young man intends to proceed at this point. Nevertheless, the allegations are serious and serve as a warning to others who might be tempted to drive while under the influence.

These criminal charges might not bring complete relief to the family of the deceased victim though. The family has an option of bringing a wrongful death cause of action against the young man to get full compensation for their loss.

Source: The News & Observer, "Raleigh driver faces several charges in fatal downtown crash," Richard Stradling, Dec. 9, 2016.

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