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Driver Charged After Caratoke Highway Crash in Moyock Injures 11

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Driver Charged After Caratoke Highway Crash in Moyock Injures 11

A driver has been charged with failure to yield after an accident on Caratoke Highway in Moyock, North Carolina, sent 11 people to local hospitals.

Currituck County Fire Department reported the three-vehicle accident at around 8:30 p.m Tuesday. in the 250 block of Caratoke Highway, near the TowneBank.

Wreck in Moyock claimed 11 victims

The wreck in Moyock (Currituck County EMS)

Two people were trapped in cars, one for more than an hour. Initial reports suggested four people were in a critical condition. By Wednesday morning the number of people fighting for their lives at Norfolk’s Sentara Hospital was down to two. A child was reported to be unconscious. My thoughts are with all of those who were hurt in this terrible wreck. I hope they make a speedy recovery.

An incident report from North Carolina Highway Patrol stated a 2015 Chevy passenger car driven by a 24-year-old woman was turning left onto North Caratoke Highway from Baxter Lane Road and failed to yield to a 2012 Chevy passenger car driven by 35-year-old Decorrey Shanee Bailey, of Norfolk.

According to the report, there were four passengers in the 2012 Chevy — William Bell, 31, Terrence Dozier, 31 and two teenagers

The 2015 Chevy was hit by the 2012 Chevy, according to the report, and crossed the center lane and into southbound traffic where it collided head-on with a Chevy pickup truck.

The WAVY report stated the driver who pulled out of Baxter Lane Road was later charged with failure to yield.

Two helicopters responded to the wreck scene. One was Nightingale from Norfolk, while the other was Dare Medflight from Manteo. The accident scene caused major traffic backups on Caratoke Highway near the Virginia state line. Crews from the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire and Emergency Services, Moyock Volunteer Fire Department, Currituck County EMS, Dare County med-flight and Pasquotank County EMS all assisted at the wreck scene.

Traffic moves fast on NC 168 (Caratoke Highway) in Currituck County. However, the danger of cars pulling out onto this road without yielding or misjudging the speed of drivers is always present.

We see similar issues on Route 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia where drivers are accessing a fast-moving road from many small rural roads.

When you suffer terrible injuries in a crash it’s important to recover as much as you can from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Call our North Carolina and Virginia injury lawyers today at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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