• October 11, 2022

Highway Worker Injured, Justin Terry Arrested in Hit-and-Run on NC-150 in Mooresville

Mooresville, NC — October 7, 2022, a pedestrian with a road crew was injured by a flatbed truck in a hit-and-run on State Highway 150 in Mooresville.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:55 a.m. in a work zone along NC-150 near Perth Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was in the work zone, which was properly marked by signage, cones, and vehicles. The victim was also wearing a reflective safety vest.

As the crew operated on the highway's shoulder, 18-year-old Justin Terry approached in a flatbed work truck and ran off the road for unknown reasons. The truck entered the work zone and hit the victim; several other workers managed to move out of its way.

Terry reportedly left the scene after the accident but witnesses captured the truck's tag and identifying information printed on its side. Police used that information to contact Terry's employer and speak to him, advising that he return to the scene. He now faces a felony hit-and-run charge.

The worker Terry hit received serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Hit-and-Run on NC-150 in Mooresville

Some may assume with the hit-and-run driver quickly apprehended and charged here that there's little else to say. As far as the driver's actions being punished that may be true, but there's a bigger issue to consider as well: Who will help the victim get back on his feet?

Most folks would agree that someone responsible for hurting another person should make whatever amends they can. The law certainly agrees, but it takes the idea further than one might realize. For instance, if someone injures another person while "on the clock" for an employer, that company may also be responsible for the damage he did. If that's found to be the case in Mooresville, then that hit-and-run driver's employer may have a legal duty to help the injured victim recover.

Road Worker Injured, Justin Terry Arrested in Hit-and-Run on NC-150 in Mooresville

Unfortunately most companies aren't really keen to step up and take responsibility for their employees' carelessness. Holding them liable typically requires investigating thoroughly and finding indisputable evidence of what happened, even if preliminary reports seem to paint a clear picture. That's doubly true in North Carolina, which says a victim found to be even 1% responsible for their own injuries has no case.

I'm not telling anyone to get litigious over what happened on Highway 150. My point is only that holding a North Carolina business responsible for what its employee seems to have done is tricky business, if someone chooses to try. Hopefully the right steps will be taken on the victim's behalf to get clear evidence and build the airtight case he'd need to get help.

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