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Street racing can lead to a range of charges

On Behalf of | Jul 30, 2021 | criminal law

Street racing is taken seriously by law enforcement, and those who are arrested for such activities may face a range of different charges. Charges faced by individuals who are involved in street racing can range depending on a variety of factors, including the speed they were driving and if anyone got hurt as a result. One example is a recent arrest in Gaston County, North Carolina, where a second person was arrested for an alleged street racing incident that resulted in the death of a young boy. 

Two arrests and multiple charges following car crash death of six-year-old 

Two people were arrested in connection to the crash, which took place on June 26. The first driver arrested faced charges related to the act of street racing, such as reckless driving, DWI and speed competition. In addition, he has been charged with second degree murder and assault in connection to the death of the six-year-old boy who lost his life that night. 

A second person was arrested later in July. She faces several charges for the involuntary manslaughter, felony hit and run resulting in serious injury or death, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to serious injury. She also has been charged with reckless driving and speed competition. 

How do charges change if someone gets hurt from street racing? 

In North Carolina, there are criminal charges that can be possible for street racing in and of itself, such as speed competition and reckless driving. However, as can be seen in the above incident, additional serious charges can be faced by those who are involved in an incident where someone gets hurt or killed. Moreover, even someone is not driving the car that kills someone, he or she may still face extensive charges if they were actively involved a street racing fatality. Individuals facing multiple charges for an incident should work with a lawyer to understand the implications of each and the options that may be possible at that stage.