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New details have emerged about the crash that took the life of an East Henderson High School senior last week. The driver involved, Matthew Schmieder, was driving on a suspended license due to multiple wrecks and speeding violations. Prior to the crash, he was trying to pass multiple cars in a no-passing zone. Initial reports indicate that Schmieder smelled like alcohol on the scene, and drug paraphernalia was found in his belongings at the hospital. East Henderson High School senior Derek Miller was killed in the collision that happened on Kanuga Road.

Fatal Hendersonville Crash

According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Schmeider could be facing second-degree murder charges and felony death by vehicle. This wreck is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement officials, and there has been no word on the extent of Schmeider’s injuries or his current condition. East Henderson High School students and community members have been grieving the loss of an exceptional and well-loved young man.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling on motorists to drive sober or get pulled over for the holiday season. They’re also reminding drivers and all passenger vehicle occupants to buckle up for every trip, every time. Sadly, this time of year is notorious for having a spike in injury causing and fatal crashes on roadways in North Carolina and across the nation.

Holiday Season Crash Statistics

  • In 2015, 840 people were killed on U.S. roadways in drunk driving crashes in the month of December.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and around the country will be participating in high-visibility enforcement campaigns to stop and prevent drunk driving. The Labor Day Weekend is one of the deadliest holiday weekends of the year. The traditional end-of-summer celebrations begin on Friday and can run through the weekend.

In 2014, there were 401 crash fatalities during the Labor Day holiday weekend nationwide. Nearly half of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking. Fatal and injury causing drunk-driving crashes are completely preventable. If you’re going to celebrate Labor Day with alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving crash in or around the Asheville area, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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Law enforcement officers in North Carolina and Tennessee are cracking down on impaired drivers traveling across state lines. They’re taking part in the Hands Across the Boarder enforcement campaign that’s aimed at getting impaired drivers off of the roadways. In addition to being on the lookout for drunk and drugged drivers, law enforcement officers will also be cracking down on seat belt violations, uninsured drivers, suspended licenses, fugitives and other driving offenses.

Law enforcement officers in North Carolina will be checking motorists as they’re leaving the state and heading into Tennessee. Last year, public safety agencies from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Florida participated in the Hands Across the Border campaign.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a drunk or drugged driver in or around the Asheville area, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897.

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently issued a press release about the results of their 2015 Holiday “Booze It And Lose It” campaign. Like many states and law enforcement agencies across the nation, North Carolina is trying to reduce the number of injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes that happen each year. Sadly, the holidays are an especially deadly time on North Carolina roadways. During the safety campaign, that ran from December 11, 2015 to January 3, 2016, there were 3,074 charges for DWI. Of those charges, 252 were related to drug use. Almost 350 law enforcement agencies participated statewide.

“Booze It And Lose It” Results

  • There were 10,914 checking stations and saturation patrols.
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Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are urging motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this holiday season. Sadly, we typically see a spike in injury causing and fatal drunk driving accidents this time of year. During the 2013 holiday period (December 18-31), there were 1,180 people killed in crashes. Nearly a third of those deaths occurred in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. In the month of December 2013 alone, 733 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a drunk driver, you need to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible about your case. The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a great New Year.

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Early Tuesday morning, a suspected drunk driving crash had a portion of Haywood Road closed down for hours. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the intersection of Baker Avenue, sometime around 1:00 a.m. The vehicle struck a telephone pole and knocked it down in the roadway. First responders and crews were on the scene, where a new telephone pole had to be installed. The driver, Charles Giezentanner III, was arrested and charged with DWI, reckless driving to endanger, driving with a revoked license, hit and run, leaving the scene and causing property damage.

Impaired Driving Crashes in The U.S.

  • In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver.
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Early Thursday morning, four people were injured in a suspected drunk driving crash in Transylvania County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Highway 276, about three miles from the entrance of the Pisgah National Forest, sometime around 1:00 a.m.

The vehicle ran off of the roadway and overturned. At least one person had to be airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital, and three others were taken to an area hospital. At this point, law enforcement authorities do suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash. There’s no word on whether or not any charges have been filed at this time.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes full and swift recoveries for the injured victims.

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On Sunday, a crash on Charlotte Highway took the life of a South Carolina woman. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the one-car crash happened near Upper Brush Creek Road, sometime before 8:00 p.m. Apparently, the vehicle crossed the centerline, struck a tree and overturned beside the roadway. A passenger in the vehicle, 37-year-old Jenifer Bowen of Isle of Palms, South Carolina, died on the scene. The driver, 35-year-old Michael Wells of Fairview, and another passenger were both transported to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Alcohol and Speed Factors in Deadly Crash

At this time, the cause of this crash is ongoing, but initial reports indicate that alcohol and speed were factors. According to troopers, the car was going an estimated 70 miles per hour at the time of the crash. The speed limit was 45 miles per hour in that area. The driver, Michael Wells, has been charged with DWI, and there could be other charges after a full investigation is completed. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 does report that everybody was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

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Forbes magazine has named the 4th of July America’s Most Dangerous Holiday. During the July 4th, Independence Day Holiday, over the last five years, 750 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. Independence Day has become synonymous with injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes across the country.

NHTSA’s Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is trying to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. In addition to increased social and educational awareness about drunk driving, law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and across the nation will be stepping up efforts to catch offenders and keep roads safe this holiday weekend. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a drunk driver, contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

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