‘Unknown substance’ may be cause of fatal head-on collision

‘Unknown substance’ may be cause of fatal head-on collision
Sep 08 2022

“Unknown substances” are frequently blamed for traffic accidents by the investigating authorities. This vague phrase is often a euphemism for either alcohol or recreational drugS. A definitive conclusion usually must await the completion of blood tests on the drivers involved in the collision. An example of the use of the euphemistic phrase was recently provided by a fatal collision in Fayetteville.

The accident

According to the report of the Fayetteville Police Department, a man driving a 2019 Chevrolet Cruz rear-ended a 2015 Jeep Wrangler near Northumberland Street. The Chevrolet then crossed the center median and struck a 2005 Chrysler 300 head-on. Police believe that the driver of the Chevrolet was speeding at the time of the accident.

The posted speed limit on the stretch of road where the collision occurred is 45 mph. Police also stated that the driver of the Chevrolet was under the influence of an “unknown substance,” but the exact substance was not identified.


The driver and the passenger in the Chrysler 300 were both taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. The female passenger died from her injuries after she reached the hospital. The driver did not suffer any life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet did not appear to be injured.


The circumstances of this accident appear to be fairly typical, but they are anything but normal for the family of the person who was killed. The family will have their lives shattered by her death.

Anyone who has lost a loved one to a negligent driver may wish to pursue a consult an experienced personal injury attorney for an evaluation of the evidence and an opinion on the likelihood of recovering damages for a death that was the fault of the wrongful act of another person.

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