Woman Charged with DUI After Leaving Carolina Ale House, Causing Fatal Crash
A construction worker was killed and three other workers were injured after being struck by a suspected drunk driver in a work zone on I-85 near Concord Mills. The victim has been identified as 50-year-old Socorro Maya Martinez. 21-year-old Danyel Middleton has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle and may face additional charges.
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According to the police, workers for Cruz Brothers Concrete were working on a road improvement project on I-85 when Middleton drove her vehicle through the work zone at around 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, striking four of them and killing Martinez.
Responding officers investigating the crash determined that Middleton was impaired and that her blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit. Police say that she had been drinking at the nearby Carolina Ale House bar before the crash.
Alcohol Law Enforcement is continuing to investigate the crash and will determine if Middleton was over-served at the Carolina Ale House. They are currently reviewing video and interviewing witnesses.
If Middleton was overserved, the Carolina Ale House could be considered partially liable for the crash.
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Liability For Drunk Driving Injuries & Deaths in North Carolina
Attorney contributor Brian Kent helps DWI crash victims and their families recover the financial compensation they deserve. Brian has offered to share some of his knowledge on the legal rights of these victims and families following DWI crashes in North Carolina:
When drunk drivers get behind the wheel, they endanger the lives of all other motorists on the road that night. When one of these drivers causes a crash that results in injuries or deaths, the people affected by that crash deserve justice and financial compensation for the various personal and financial difficulties they face. Drunk driving crash victims in North Carolina may have grounds for lawsuits against both the drunk driver and the alcohol vendor who served that driver before the crash.
Lawsuits against alcohol vendors are known as dram shop claims. In certain types of drunk driving crashes, people injured by drunk drivers and the families of those killed by them may have grounds for a dram shop claim against the bar, nightclub, or another alcohol-serving business where the driver had been drinking before the crash.
According to North Carolina’s dram shop law, alcohol vendors can be held liable in dram shop claims if a negligent sale of alcohol was made. A sale can be considered negligent if the vendor knew or should have known that the customer was intoxicated or underage when the alcohol was provided to them.
Each DWI crash case is unique. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed after being hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal rights by discussing your case with an experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyer.
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