Category Archives: VEHICLE ACCIDENT

Going, going… BAM !!!

Health Director jumps curb at Bojangles, slams into unoccupied pizza truck Click on Photo to Enlarge GRANTSBORO – Dennis Harrington, director of the Health Department for Pamlico County, avoided serious injury Monday morning, despite a direct hit on a pizza truck, which is part vehicle / part advertising owned by Alfredo Mollano of Little Italy restaurant. Wednesday morning, 48 hours after the accident, Harrington responded to questions from this newspaper with the following statement: I am one blessed person for multiple reasons: I did not get hurt other than my feelings; there was n…

Health director involved in single car auto accident

Harrington refuses medical treatment, but vehicle is a total loss GRANTSBORO – The director of the Pamlico County Health Department experienced a single-car accident Monday morning while driving to work, but refused medical treatment and arranged for transportation to his office in Bayboro. Dennis Harrington, a veteran of the state’s public health system, originally came to Pamlico County as a temporary replacement for the prior director, but was later appointed as the county’s full-time health director. Harrington maintains a home in Raleigh, where he usually spends weeken…

Bicyclist struck on Kershaw Road, later airlifted to Greenville hospital

ARAPAHOE – Veteran bicyclist Charles Fetzer, 75, who lives in Oriental, is resting comfortably at Vidant Hospital in Greenville after being struck late Wednesday afternoon near the intersection of Kershaw Road and Don Lee Road. Reached Thursday morning at their home, Fetzer’s wife said her husband “is in amazingly good shape considering what might have happened,” adding his injuries are not life-threatening. The accident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. when Queen H. Hudson, 82, a resident of Don Lee Road, was returning home in a 2005 Ford passenger vehicle – heading east on Kers…

Car bites building

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer GRANTSBORO – An errant motorist, age 23, hit the broad side of a commercial building about 7 p.m. Tuesday, which triggered a response from three volunteer fire departments and at least one ambulance. The impact was no near miss. The car’s front bumper severely bent, but did not pierce, the building’s metal exterior. The parking lot of Pamlico Pharmacy quickly lit up like a Christmas tree, as a half dozen emergency vehicles converged within minutes following a 911 call that reported the accident. The pharmacy sports a large parking lot and sits well back f…

Woman dead in collision

Good Samaritans rescue driver of other vehicle At left, Kenny Ross shakes hands with Mike Fuller, a day after their rescue efforts. By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer GRANTSBORO – Rain ‘coming down in buckets’ likely prompted a fatal crash Tuesday afternoon. Authorities said Lena Anderson Perez, 43, traveling south on Hwy. 306, died instantly when she crossed the center line, striking a pickup truck and trailer driven by Francisco Jimenez, 53. Witnesses said the woman’s vehicle might have hydroplaned, or she might have ‘over-corrected’ after running off the road’s right sh…

Motorcycle accident sends couple into tailspin

  Sandie and Robbie Beal Special to the County Compass ORIENTAL — This community has responded to the travails of Robbie Beal and his wife Sandie, after Robbie was seriously injured in a family motorcycle outing earlier this month in Tennessee. However, friends and associates of the Beals concede the couple continues to face a financial storm cloud. Robbie, his father Robert, and stepmother Rita almost completed a 3,000-mile cross-country trip on their motorcycles. The accident happened only a few hours from the North Carolina line – in Harriman, Tennessee. A large truck, s…

Local man pleads guilty

  Late night joy ride killed woman Hardison enters the Pamlico County Courthouse Wednesday morning Special to the County Compass BAYBORO — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced Wednesday that Joshua Marlon Hardison, 27, of Pamlico County pleaded guilty to Aggravated Felony Death by Vehicle and two counts of Felony Serious Injury by Vehicle. On the death case, Hardison was sentenced to an active prison term of a minimum five years and a maximum seven years in the North Carolina Department of Correction. On the two injury cases, he was sentenced to two consecutive sentences of a mi…

‘Lunatic’ motorist sought by authorities

  Head-on collisions narrowly avoided as car speeds away Troopers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol said eyewitnesses provided only scant information about a weaving motorist who forced two vehicles off the road Wednesday afternoon. The driver of a delivery truck for Boar’s Head Meats declined medical treatment. The woman driver of a Jeep Liberty, who did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, was transported by ambulance for evaluation. By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer HIGHWAY 55 – Law enforcement officials are looking for the driver of a “brown, or cream-colo…

Joy ride kills woman

  Long, dangerous driveway a factor By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer State Highway Patrol officer Blake Riggs determined that the driver of the Jeep attempted an intentional slide, but lost control of the vehicle – hitting the tree on right and coming to rest against the tree at left. PAMLICO COUNTY – Creek Pointe Road, a 7.9 mile desolate stretch of unpaved driveway replete with hairpin turns and blind spots, became an irresistible – and deadly – lure in a late Friday / early Saturday drunken driving escapade that killed one woman and seriously injured another. District Attorne…
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