Durham, NC – Infant Killed in Fatal Rollover Crash on I-85

Durham, NC (January 19, 2022) – A fatal rollover crash took place on a highway in Durham on Tuesday afternoon, January 18, around 4:15 p.m.

According to officials, the accident happened in the northbound lanes of I-85 around the area of Route 70 and East Club Boulevard. Police confirmed that 39-year-old Shanelle Johnson was driving her Volkswagen when it collided with a BMW M3. The accident was so forceful that the Volkswagen flipped multiple times before it came to a rest in a left lane. The accident caused extensive damages to both vehicles.

Paramedics, fire crews, and numerous other responders were called to the scene. Two children were ejected from the Volkswagen, identified as a 3-month-old girl and a 4-year-old girl. The infant was pronounced dead at the scene due to traumatic injuries. The 4-year-old was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

The two drivers of both vehicles were rushed to local hospitals for treatment of serious injuries but they are expected to be okay. Johnson has since been cited for misdemeanor death by vehicle, careless driving, failing to secure a passenger under 16, and more.

Due to the severity of the collision, the roadway was blocked for approximately three hours as police cleared the scene.

The investigation into the circumstances of the accident continues. Police will update as more information on the collision becomes available.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.

Fatal Accidents in North Carolina

1/19 Durham, NC – Infant Killed in Fatal Rollover Crash on I-85Fatal accidents happen every year in the state of North Carolina, sending hundreds of victims to the hospital every month. In 2020, it was reported that approximately 1,506 people were killed in fatal accidents out of 1,491 crashes. These accidents take on many forms but rollovers are known for being some of the most catastrophic accidents. Every year, approximately 2% of car accidents were deemed rollovers. If you have lost someone you love in a fatal collision, you and your family should have the assistance of an attorney on your side.

The aftermath of a fatal car accident can affect your life in a variety of ways, which is why you should have the assistance of a Durham car accident lawyer on your side. Though no amount of compensation can undo the loss of a loved one, it can help you come to terms with your accident and move forward financially. As you grieve your losses, you may wonder how you can move forward. It is important that you speak with a skilled Durham wrongful death attorney who has your best interests in mind.

Durham Wrongful Death Attorneys

Our attorneys at Ricci Law Firm, PA have compassionately assisted those who have lost loved ones in North Carolina car accidents. We will help you relieve the financial burdens that you may be feeling after a fatal crash. Our attorneys will help you work toward compensation for a wide array of financial aspects, including the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Pain and suffering

We are here for you every step of the way after you have lost someone you love in an accident. Please contact an accident attorney in Durham at (252) 777-2222 for more information on how we can assist you.

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