Regan Marjory Topping Howell Wagner, 65, and Ethan Michael Handly, 15, killed in collision with suspected drunk driver Felix Antonio Juarez-Antunez, 37, on Wilsons Mills Road in Smithfield, North Carolina
Teen dies following Smithfield crash that killed 65-year-old grandmother
Regan Marjory Topping Howell Wagner, 65, was driving a Dodge van with four passengers around 10:30 p.m. on Wilsons Mills Road at M. Durwood Stephenson Highway when it was hit by a Toyota, officials said.
'It just doesn't feel real': Johnston County teen barely escapes double-fatal DWI wreck
Haileys grandmother, Marjory Wagner was driving the teens when a suspected drunk driver slammed into them on M. Durwood Stevenson Highway and Wilson Mills Road. Smithfield Police say he was going 90 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Federal authorities: Man accused of driving drunk, killing 2, was deported twice
Federal authorities say Juarez-Antunez was in the country illegally and was deported twice in the past eight years -- and got back into the country both times.
Why every fatality from a crash is not legally a wrongful death
After someone dies in a motor-vehicle accident, grieving family members and friends are often left with many questions. What caused the accident? Could it have been avoided? What do they do now that their loved one is gone?
Sometimes a fatal collision happens through no one's fault. Crashes caused by weather and road conditions, or by wildlife in the roadway, are examples. But when a fatal crash is caused by negligence, then family members should pursue a wrongful death claim, to uphold the victim's rights and begin the financial recovery process. Learn more about wrongful death claims here.
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