Saturday, 23 of September of 2017

Speedboat Causes Wreck That Kills Young Mother And Son

By Mark Favaloro, North Carolina (NC) Wrongful Death Attorney

A deadly accident took place over the weekend in North Carolina when a speedboat slammed into a stopped pontoon boat on High Rock Lake. The accident occurred in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday at the popular boating destination in Davidson County, NC.

According to police, the accident resulted in the death of Melissa Chambers Britt, a 32-year-old pregnant woman, as well as her three-year-old son. Two others were in a pontoon boat along with Britt’s husband William and Britt’s brother Michael Chambers when a speedboat that police say was traveling more than 50 miles per hour slammed directly into them.

The accident demolished the pontoon boat and sent everyone into the water. William was able to find his son who later died on the way to the hospital, but was unable to locate his wife’s body. Emergency responders were only able to find her body hours later after an extensive search. The brother, Michael, was also taken by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment of severe head injuries. He’s currently in critical condition.

Police say the driver of the speedboat, Michael Greene, and his three passengers were uninjured in the accident. Witnesses believe Greene was distracted prior to the accident and did not see the pontoon boat until it was too late to swerve out of the way. Police say there was no speed limit on the lake but that they are investigating the accident scene and will make an announcement later this week regarding possible criminal charges against Greene.

We extend our sympathy to the family of those who died in the terrible Memorial Day weekend accident. Losing a loved one is hard no matter what, but the fact that the accident happened on what was supposed to be such a happy occasion is especially heartbreaking. 

If you’re considering reaching out to an attorney, make sure it’s someone who has experience handling such difficult and emotionally trying cases. My firm handled one case where our client was killed by the driver of a tractor-trailer, leaving his wife and four children behind. In that case, we were able to secure a $2.4 million settlement for the family. Though the money did not help to heal the deep wounds left after the man’s death, it did help provide some much needed money to a family in need.

If someone you love died due to the reckless or negligent behavior of another person, you’re likely confused about how to begin the process of holding the at-fault party accountable for his or her actions. Wrongful death actions can be confusing and are often unfamiliar to most people who, thankfully, have little experience with such lawsuits. For more information on the process, read through my firm’s guide on the wrongful death claims process in North Carolina. Also, if you want some general background information on the issue of North Carolina (NC) wrongful death claims, read through some of my firm’s answers to frequently asked questions regarding wrongful death claims.

Here’s a Google Map showing the location of the deadly boating accident in Davidson County, NC:


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