Allegedly Drunk Teen Driver Hits Boyfriend on Motorcycle
Early Monday morning, a 19-year-old woman was arrested in Gastonia after her vehicle struck her boyfriend on his motorcycle. Police say that Victoria Skye Keaveny admitted to having “2 1/2 beers and a mixed drink” before the 2:14 a.m. crash at the intersection of East Franklin Boulevard and South Belvedere Avenue.
Police say that Keaveny was driving behind her boyfriend, Adam Patrick Browne, when Browne slowed down to turn left onto Belvedere Avenue from Franklin Boulevard. Keaveny allegedly did not slow down or break, striking the motorcyclist. Investigators believe that the crash was an accident.
Browne was flown to Caromont Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Emergency responders found him unconscious with internal injuries and bleeding from his ears, mouth, and eyes.
Keaveny has been charged with impaired driving, felony serious injury by motor vehicle, driving with a revoked license, driving after consuming alcohol while under 21, and failure to reduce speed.
Legal Options For DUI Crash Victims in North Carolina
Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps drunk driving victims and their families recover the full financial compensation they deserve for the damages they’ve suffered as a result of the crash. We’ve asked him to discuss the different legal options available to these victims and families in North Carolina:
When innocent people are injured in alcohol-related accidents caused by intoxicated individuals, the victims may have the right to file personal injury lawsuits against the driver. Additionally, the families of those killed in these accidents often have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.
In North Carolina and many other states, there are certain situations in which alcohol vendors and social hosts can also be held liable for providing alcohol to an intoxicated person before an alcohol-related accident. These are known as “dram shop” and social host liability laws.
North Carolina allows drunk driving victims to sue alcohol vendors if they provided alcohol to a drunk driver who was under 21 years of age. Unlike many other states, there is no liability for simply serving alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person. However, social host liability does allow social hosts to be held liable for serving or providing alcohol to an intoxicated guest if the host knows that the guest will soon be driving.
If you or someone you love has recently been hit by a drunk driver in North Carolina and you’d like to learn more about your legal options, we recommend speaking with one of our experienced DUI victim lawyers in a free consultation.