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A runaway construction truck barreled down a hill in Hillsborough, North Carolina, running into a house and killing a five year old boy. 

The tragic work truck accident happened in the new Forest Ridge subdivision in Hillsborough, near US 70.

Hillsborough police reported that construction crews were loading the back of the work truck at 1 pm on Dec. 26 when it started to roll. No one was in the cab when it began to roll down the hill. It eventually rolled through the family’s front yard and driveway and slammed into their home.

A group of children were playing in the driveway, and one boy was unable to get out of the way.

One worker has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Even though the man was no behind the wheel, he was named as the responsible party.

Our View

Our hearts go out to the family of this five year old boy who died in this tragic mishap in North Carolina. In the coming weeks and months, we hope that the family is able to overcome this devastating loss.

As North Carolina wrongful death attorneys, we understand that these types of accidents involving a company are complex. The news report states that there are several construction related companies involved in this growing subdivision. The land developer is named Crescent Communities out of Charlotte, and it sold lots in the subdivision to several designers and builders.

Those companies then hired several subcontractors to handle various construction needs for building homes: plumbers, electricians, roofers, etc.

The report states that Crescent Communities did not hire the worker who has been charged in the accident. He was hired by one of the subcontractor companies.

When a wrongful death lawsuit involves several different companies, it takes a highly experienced personal injury attorney to sort it all out and to get the family the maximum financial award.

Properly handled, this potential North Carolina wrongful death lawsuit could net a substantial settlement for the grieving family. We hope for their sake that this happens and they can use the compensation to move on with their lives.


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