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Fatal Motorcycle Crash Involving Suspected Drunk Driver

Over the weekend, one motorcycle rider was killed and another was hospitalized in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver in Fairview. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Saturday evening on Garren Creek Road in Fairview. Very little information about this fatal motorcycle crash has been released, but initial reports indicate that 38-year-old Robert Andy Smith's Humvee slammed head-on into a couple who were riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Judy Rector and her husband Roger were on the motorcycle at the time of the wreck. Judy was killed in the crash, and Roger was severely injured.

 

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Fairview

 

Although the incident remains under investigation with local law enforcement officers, the Humvee driver has been charged with driving while impaired, felony serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving and felony death by vehicle. Law enforcement officials with the North Carolina Highway Patrol are expected to reconstruct the scene of the crash to continue their investigative efforts. There have been no recent updates on Roger's current condition, but he was gravely injured in the wreck.

 

 U.S. Drunk Driving Statistics

 

·      In 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities in crashes involving drivers with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher.

·      On average, one alcohol-impaired-driving death happened every 50 minutes in 2016.

·      The estimated economic cost of all alcohol-impaired crashes in the U.S. in 2010 was $44 billion.

·      Of the traffic fatalities in 2016 among children 14 years old and younger, 17 percent happened in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.

·      The 25 to 34-year-old age group had the highest percentage (27 percent) of drivers with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher in fatal crashes compared with other age groups in 2016.

 

Drunk Driving Crashes in Asheville

 

Drunk driving accidents are often devastating for passenger occupants of other vehicles. Motorcycle riders, cyclists and pedestrians are at a particularly high risk for severe and fatal injuries in crashes involving drunk drivers. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver in Asheville or in any of the surrounding Western North Carolina communities, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 919-939-2105 for a free case consultation today.

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