Gaston County, NC (November 16, 2018) – In Gaston County, one person lost their life in a wrong-way accident during the rush hour on Interstate 85 last evening, November 15.
At the time of the accident, an elderly man was driving a gray Nissan north in the southbound lanes and collided head-on with a Ford Fiesta in the area of Exit 12. The elderly man was identified as 70-year-old Terry Ellenburg. Ellenberg was taken to the hospital with injuries, while the other driver, 57-year-old David Young, passed away due to severe trauma.
Two other patients were also treated in the accident, one of which sustained life-threatening injuries.
Ellenburg’s family, from Forest City, says that he suffers from dementia. Earlier that day, family members contacted the police in reference to his condition. The interstate was closed down for an hour and police continue to investigate the accident.
We would like to take a moment and wish our sincere thoughts and prayers to the family members who are suffering emotionally at this time as they deal with the aftermath of losing a loved one to a serious accident.
Fatal Accident in North Carolina
The national average of fatal accidents is 12 people per every 100,000. North Carolina’s specific fatality rate is 15 people per every 100,000. In 2009, 93 people lost their lives in these accidents every day. North Carolina is known for having some of the highest rates of fatal accidents than any other state. Losing a loved one is never an easy thing to experience, which is why you need help on your side during this desperate time for you and your family.
It is our personal responsibility to protect your rights during this difficult time if you and your family have had to say goodbye to a loved one too soon due to a horrific fatal accident. Every day, negligent drivers cause the fatalities of our loved ones on North Carolina roads with their risky behaviors. It is important to retain legal help during this difficult time when the laws of the state might be unclear to you and you are experiencing issues moving forward. At the Nye Law Group, we understand how tremendously important it is to have help on your side when a life has been lost during a tragic accident. We are here for you every step of the way in the midst of your claim. Call us today at 912-200-5230 for more information.
Note: A variety of outside sources including news bulletins and police reports were used to create these posts and report on the injuries involved. Due to this, the details of these accidents have not been independently confirmed by our team and writing staff. In the event that false information is included in the story, please contact us immediately with the post’s title and the incorrect information, and we will correct the content.
Disclaimer: We at Nye Law Group pride ourselves as members of our local community and strive to improve the overall safety and wellbeing of everyone in our state. Our deepest condolences go out to those injured in these accidents, and we hope that by promoting an awareness of these dangers, our community can take the steps necessary to avoid them. These posts are not a solicitation for business, and the information provided should not be mistaken as medical or legal advice.