Most people think of surgeons as highly trained doctors dedicated to saving lives. But law enforcement officials say that a surgeon involved in a wrong-way collision on an interstate highway showed reckless disregard for safety when he had more than three times the legal amount of alcohol in his system. The doctor is fortunate that neither he nor anyone else was killed in the violent crash.
Charlotte is about three hours southwest of Vance County. The sparsely populated rural area was the site of a violent crash that resulted in the death of a 16-year-old girl and critical injuries to a 17-year-old boy. The boy's mother said she has been told by doctors that her son is not expected to survive.
Guardrails are installed along highways to help save lives. There are at least a couple of Charlotte-area families who wonder if the safety devices do more harm than good.
A short drive west of Charlotte will land you in Gaston County, site of a recent deadly car crash. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a 16-year-old has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and careless and reckless driving and booked into jail.
According to a recent article in the Charlotte Observer, Tesla says that one of its vehicles in a fatal crash last week in California was on autopilot. The news is the latest setback for companies developing driverless car technologies.
Proponents of self-driving technology say that it will revolutionize transportation. Driverless vehicles will consume less fuel and spew less pollution into the air. Proponents also say we will reduce traffic congestion, and perhaps best of all, dramatically reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities.
The laws of physics are unforgiving. When two vehicles collide head-on, the occupants of the bigger, heavier vehicle have a much better chance of walking away than the occupants of the smaller, lighter vehicle.
The loss of young life is especially difficult to accept for those who are left behind. Bright futures full of love, families, careers and more are all taken away in an instant. There are some North Carolina families grappling today with that very painful reality.
Many Charlotte residents are familiar with Brunswick County. The popular vacation destination is about a four-hour drive southeast of us.
A North Carolina mother and daughter were doing what parents and kids do on weekdays: they were heading to school. The 33-year-old mother and her 13-year-old daughter were on their way to middle school in Pembroke, a small town about a two-and-a-half hour drive southeast of Charlotte.