Christmas-period Road Deaths, USA, 2020 — North Carolina

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Christmas Eve

One person was killed and three other people were seriously injured in a crash on I-485 Outer at I-77 near Huntersville. No one was identified and no other details were provided in the early reports. 1 dead, 3 seriously injured in Christmas Eve crash on interstate near Huntersville (wbtv.com) Also see: 1 dead, several others hurt as car split in 2 during major NC crash on Christmas Eve | CBS 17

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Christmas Day

A fatal crash occurred at approximately 12:20 a.m., in the 400 block of Lakewood Avenue near University Drive just south of downtown Durham. Investigators said the crash happened when the 17-year-old, male driver of a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro going northbound on Lakewood Avenue failed to negotiate a curve. The car struck a building and a tree before coming to rest in the roadway. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, police said. 1 killed in single-car crash on Christmas Eve along University Drive in Durham – ABC11 Raleigh-Durham

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Around 1:00 a.m.,  on I-40 East near Mile marker 108 in Burke County, a 2020 Ford F-150 was being driven east recklessly, allegedly due to the occupants inside the pickup truck being involved in an argument. The pickup then sideswiped an eastbound 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer, and both vehicles hit the guardrail several times.  The crash ended with a driver and a 2-year-old thrown from different vehicles, according to the NC Highway Patrol. The pickup driver, Monica Torres-Garcia, 39, of Bessemer City, later died at a hospital in Valdese, officials said. The toddler suffered serious injuries and remains hospitalized in Charlotte, according to a news release. Driver dead, 2-year-old hurt in I-40 crash Christmas morning | Charlotte Observer — and — Woman killed, 5 others injured including children in NC crash on Christmas Day | myfox8.com

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Just before 9:30 a.m., on I-77 near Arrowood Road, Charlotte, a car veered off the roadway, crossed the center median, and collided with a northbound tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer tried to avoid the car and sideswiped another vehicle in the process. One person, later identified as 36-year-old Lemorris Agurs, died at the scene. Two children were taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but they are both expected to be OK. North Carolina State Highway patrol said, at the time, there was no reason to suspect impairment. Troopers: Father killed, 2 children hurt in south Charlotte crash Christmas morning (wsoctv.com)

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Just after 8 p.m., on NC-96 near Davis Road north of Highway-231 in the Corinth Holders community, Johnston County, a vehicle being driven southwards by Jimmy Bryant, 78, of Zebulon crossed the centerline and hit the vehicle of Fernando Mendoza, 44, of Zebulon, according to State Highway Patrol. Both drivers died at the scene. A trooper on scene said [neither] speed nor alcohol appeared to be a contributing factor. 2 killed, 1 seriously injured in Christmas Day head-on crash in Johnston County – ABC11 Raleigh-Durham

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