Oak Ridge, NC (June 28, 2021) – North Carolina State Highway Patrol soldiers have identified the two teenagers who were killed in a drunk driving accident Friday night in Oak Ridge. The collision occurred around 7:00 p.m. on Williard Road, near North Carolina Highway 150.
The soldiers said Jacob Stevens, 18, of Greensboro, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet pickup southbound on Williard Road when he lost control of the truck, knocking it off the roadway and hitting a mailbox and a trash can. Stevens then overcorrected his vehicle, causing it to cross the center line of the roadway and hit a utility pole before overturning. Two truck passengers, Jefferey Jones, of High Point, and Zach Williamson, of Greensboro, were killed in the crash. Both were 19 years old. Stevens suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and was treated at a local hospital before being released.
Following an investigation, the soldiers determined that Stevens was impaired. He was charged with two counts of death by a motor vehicle and one count of causing serious injury by vehicle after a third passenger sustained serious injuries.
No other information has been released yet.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of the two teenagers who were killed in this tragic drunk driving accident in Oak Ridge.
Drunk driving accidents in North Carolina
Every year in North Carolina, there are thousands of crashes involving impaired drivers. Some of these drivers are impaired from alcohol and others from drug use. Whatever the cause, impaired drivers cause thousands of serious injuries and approximately 500 deaths on our roads each year. In total, Drunk driving accidents in North Carolina cause about a third of all reported fatal traffic accidents in our state. Crashes involving impaired drivers often happen at high speed and with little reaction time. Therefore, they tend to be more serious and have more catastrophic consequences than other types of accidents.
If you have lost a loved one because of a DUI accident in North Carolina, you undoubtedly feel lonely and helpless. During this time, it is essential to have a lawyer by your side who can help you and defend your rights. There is nothing more selfish or reckless a driver can do than make the decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking too much. These drivers should be held accountable for their actions to the fullest extent of the law when they cause harm to others.
At Burton Law Firm, we have the skills and experience to help you if you have been affected by a drunk driver. North Carolina wrongful death lawyer Jason M. Burton is here to help when you need it. Our firm has handled some of the most difficult accident cases in almost a decade. During this time, we have successfully recovered nearly $ 40 million in total compensation for our clients.
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