A Gastonia woman was fatally struck by a train on Monday, August 20tharound 11:00 p.m. after allegedly getting into an argument with her boyfriend. Fox 46 Charlotte reported on the incident and said Lateshia Lee Beavers, 39, had been walking alone on the train tracks near West Long Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue when a Norfolk Southern Train began approaching the area. The source stated that Beavers had been on the phone at the time and “did not respond” to the train’s horn which was activated several times moments before she was hit.
When police and emergency personnel arrived at the scene, Beavers was pronounced dead. Officials found out that Beavers and her 62-year-old boyfriend Latta Earl Jones, had been involved in a domestic dispute prior to the fatal accident. Jones had called 911 saying that Beavers had pointed a gun at him. While police are investigating this tragic accident, they are also looking into the domestic dispute call that was made prior to it.

Bicyclist in Charlotte Dies Weeks Later After Being Involved in Hit and Run Accident

Another unfortunate accident occurred that led to one man’s death in Charlotte. Perry Wayne Smith, 60, had been riding his bike along the 8000 block of Moores Chapel Road at night on July 14thwhen he was struck by a black SUV. The driver of the SUV failed to stop at the accident scene which makes the incident a hit and run crime. Patch.com says the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police did receive a call regarding the accident that night but when they responded to the call, there was no one to be found. The next day, Smith had called 911 asking for assistance with getting to the hospital.
Smith told officers that the SUV that hit him may have been a Chevrolet Tahoe and struck him with its ride side-view mirror. As a result of the impact, his handlebars struck him in the torso and then he was thrown to the ground. While Smith managed to survive the injuries he sustained, after a few weeks had gone by, he ended up passing away on August 20th as a result of his injuries. Now, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are looking for the hit and run driver and believe the vehicle has a scrape on its right side as well as damage to the right side mirror.

What should I do if I am the victim of a hit and run accident?

If you or someone you know was the victim of a hit and run accident, there are a number of steps you can take following the incident.
If you are the victim of a hit and run accident in or near Gastonia, NC and suffered severe injuries, it would be in your best interest to connect with a NC accident lawyer as soon as possible.

  1. The first thing you want to do is seek medical attention right away. While some injuries are obvious, others aren’t, and you wouldn’t want to put yourself at risk of having your condition worsen simply because you put off going to the hospital.
  2. Write down any information you can recall regarding the accident. Things like vehicle make and model, time of day, location of the incident, and any details pertaining to the driver will all be useful to police. And that brings us to the next step.
  3. Contact police to report the accident if you haven’t done so already. You will want to have a police report written up so that you can provide this to your insurance company.
  4. Contact your insurer and file a claim.
  5. If at any time you find you aren’t receiving the assistance you need from your insurer or are struggling to get your claim paid for the hospital bills and/or doctor’s visits given you have coverage, contact a Gastonia, NC accident lawyer.

While some accident victims receive the compensation they need from their insurer after an accident, others struggle to recoup it. So, if this is something you are currently dealing with, perhaps you should consider contacting Gastonia accident attorney J. Boyce Garland.
You can reach J. Boyce Garland, Attorney at Law now at:
223 W. Main Avenue, Suite G
Gastonia, NC 28052

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