A Charlotte driver was trapped in his car for over ten minutes after blowing through a red light on Independence Boulevard and crashing into an SUV on Thursday morning.

The man was driving a silver sedan heading outbound on East Independence Boulevard at a high rate of speed with his headlights off.  He ran a stop light, crashing with an SUV nearly head on.

The crash sent both cars spinning wildly out of control, causing a debris field over fifty yards wide.

The two people in the SUV, a father and daughter, were transported to Carolinas Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the silver sedan who caused the crash suffered critical injuries, but should be able to recover, according to Medics.

Police say alcohol may have played a role in the crash.


With motor vehicle travel being the most common means of transportation in the U.S., it’s not surprising that motor vehicle crashes were the cause of 90 deaths per day in 2010.  In fact, an alarming 32,885 people were killed in the estimated 5,419,000 police reported motor-vehicle crashes that occurred that year.  There are precautions you can take, however, to help protect yourself and your family and to also help decrease the number of deaths and injuries on our nation’s highways.  Firstly, never drink and drive.  It’s always safer to call a cab or a friend.  Also, obey posted speed limits.  The faster you drive, the more you increase your risk of being involved in a crash.  Try to avoid distractions like eating, texting or fiddling with electronic devices.  Stay alert and never drive while you are feeling fatigued or drowsy.  Lastly, always be sure that you and all of your passengers are wearing a seat belt or are properly restrained before you begin your drive.

Taking the right precautions can make the difference of life or death.  However, even the most vigilant of drivers can be involved in a serious accident.  When you or someone you love has been involved in a serious accident, the BPersonal Injury Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower can be there to assist you on your path to recovery.  We can investigate all aspects of the accident and hold all parties accountable for your loss. Call us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.