A woman died in a car crash in Benson, North Carolina, on Friday, Dec. 8, and police are looking to charge the driver of the vehicle.
A 2005 Saturn minivan crossed the center line and ran off the road to the left during a sharp curve, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The vehicle hit an oak tree, killing 33-year-old Shena Stone, who was a passenger. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident, WRAL reported.
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Darnell Reynolds, 32, was rushed to WakeMed in Raleigh, where his condition is currently unknown. Officials said that alcohol was a factor in the crash, and charges against him are forthcoming, the report stated.
The crash took place at 5:30 a.m. local time.
Authorities said that they believe Reynolds and Stone were living out of the minivan.
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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver” every single day. “This is one death every 51 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion,” the agency says.
“In 2015, nearly 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. That’s one percent of the 111 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year,” it says.