Usually, when there’s a single car accident, people don’t expect the driver to be hurt all that badly. They tend to think that, unless they hit another car, they couldn’t have been injured too seriously. However, that isn’t the case. We see single-car accidents in North Carolina all the time that end up causing very severe injuries. Sometimes, these accidents can leave their victims dead. That was the case this past weekend in North Raleigh.

A young man was traveling along West Millbrook Road and North Hills Drive near Shelley Lake when he lost control of his vehicle. His 2003 Nissan left the road and hit a curb. After hitting the curb, it appears the driver hit a tree. The impact actually caused the car to catch fire.

By the time the authorities arrived at the scene, the driver of the Nissan had died as a result of his injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The authorities didn’t confirm if he died as a result of the crash or if the fire is what caused his death. The investigation is still ongoing.

The man who was killed was Jacob Shawn Barrett of Raleigh. The accident happened at about 3:14 am on Sunday. The police estimate that Barrett was going about 80 mph when he crashed into the curb. The speed limit at that section of road was only 45 mph.

Police seem to think that alcohol may have played a role in the crash. However, the investigation is still ongoing. Thankfully, there were no other vehicles involved and nobody else was in the car with the victim at the time of the crash.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, contact our car accident attorneys right away.