North Charleston Teen, Rolando Nunez Moreno, Killed by Car While Outside Disabled Vehicle

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 2, 2023, at 09:11 a.m.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C – A tragic accident on I-526 in North Charleston, South Carolina claimed the life of 14-year-old Rolando Nunez Moreno on Friday night. Moreno was standing near a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of I-526 West at Exit 16A when he was fatally struck by an oncoming car around 8:12 PM, according to Charleston County Coroner Bobbi Jo O’Neal.

After hitting Moreno, the vehicle went airborne and crashed into a residence on nearby Ozark Street. No other major injuries were reported from the incident.

The North Charleston Police Department’s traffic unit is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident that led to Moreno’s death. Authorities have not released details about the driver or vehicle that struck the teenager.

Moreno’s family, friends, and community are mourning the tragic loss of his life at such a young age. The fatal car accident serves as a reminder about the importance of exercising extreme caution when exiting a disabled vehicle on a busy highway.

We here at The Hartman Firm, LLC are very sorry for the family, friends, and loved ones of the very young Mr. Moreno. If you have been in accident or a loved one has been wrongfully killed in North Charleston, please call for a free 20-minute consultation.

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The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has released preliminary data on 2021 pedestrian fatalities, and the news isn’t good. They’re reporting an estimated 7,485 people around the United States hit and killed by cars and other motor vehicles in 2021. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the last time more than 7,000 pedestrians were fatally hit by motor vehicles in a single year was 1982.

Though 2021 fatalities hit a new peak, pedestrian fatalities have been trending upward for several years. From 2010 to 2020, the annual number of pedestrian deaths increased by 54%, from 4,302 to 6,607. While traffic fatalities in general trended upward during the same period, the jump in pedestrian fatalities was much more significant. And, pedestrians make up an increasing percentage of those killed in traffic. 

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