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Car accident involving several vehicles leaves 1 dead, 2 arrested

Police announced the arrest of another driver of a vehicle involved in a four-car collision on the southeast side of Charlotte, North Carolina, that left one person dead.

According police, the driver was traveling well in excess of the 45 miles per hour speed limit at the time of the accident, estimating that he was moving at 66 miles per hour. Police said that the speed of his vehicle contributed to the accident since it forced another vehicle to be pushed in to oncoming traffic.

The accident ultimately involved four vehicles, and one person died as a result of the accident. While police say the woman who died was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash, they gave no indication that her driving in any way contributed to the collision itself.

Police have already arrested another driver in connection with this accident. The other driver attempted a left turn but did so when he apparently did not have the right of way and there was approaching traffic from the other direction. Both drivers have been charged with misdemeanors called "death by motor vehicle" and the driver who was speeding was also charged with "careless and reckless driving."

In addition to the criminal charges, both of these drivers may now be liable to pay compensation to the family of the woman who died in this crash, as well as any other victims who were injured. Assuming these drivers' negligence can be proven, they will be expected to pay for costs like medical bills, lost wages and funeral expenses, as well as compensate the families for pain and suffering.

Source: WCNC, "Additional arrest made in connection with fatal SE Charlotte accident," May 17, 2017.

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