Scott Bedwell, 23, of Greensboro, Sascha Hoffman, 18, of Whitsett, and Taylor McCaskill, 18, of Browns Summit died Saturday, February 13, 2010 when Amanda Sperduti, 20, of Browns Summit drove off the road and into a tree. According to Trooper M. L. Mann in an article on news-record.com, Sperduti was speeding at the rate of 90 mph in a zone that drops from 55 to 45 mph near a curve where the vehicle struck a tree. Sperduti was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol when she lost control of the car. As of March 4, 2010, Sperduti has been charged with three counts of Felony Death by Motor Vehicle in addition to an earlier charge of DWI.
The sad situation ended in death, but this may not be the entire story.
Though relatives of the young people who died are grieving the deaths of their loved ones and have many burdens on their minds right now, it is important to understand that police and insurance companies are already conducting investigations into the situation. An attorney could help members of the Bedwell, Hoffman, and McCaskill families gather as much information as possible regarding the deaths of their loved ones and determine the possibility of liability issues.
What issues need to be considered?
1) Did one or more of the passengers tell the driver to slow down, stop the car, or let them out?
2) Is there a need for autopsies?
3) If alcohol was involved, was it acquired illegally, purchased at a bar, or given at a party to a person obviously under the influence?
4) Was anther vehicle involved?
5) Was a deer, pedestrian, or other obstacle in the road?
6) Did the vehicle have a defect, such as a stuck accelerator?
7) Have pictures been made of the wrecked vehicle and the scene of the accident?
8) Have witnesses been sought and interviewed?