HARDESTY CHARGED FOR VEHICLE DEATH

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BEAUFORT – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that LEIGHMAN JOEL HARDESTY, 26, of Beaufort, has been charged with Aggravated Felony Death by Vehicle and Involuntary Manslaughter.

On January 22, 2020 at approximately 12:15 p.m., Hardesty was driving west on NC 101 near Old Winberry Road in a Silverado pickup truck. Hardesty went left of center causing a head- on collision with a Toyota FJ Cruiser driven by Floyd Woolbright, 50, of Havelock.


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Woolbright died at the scene and Hardesty was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with serious injuries. The investigation by the State Highway Patrol revealed that Hardesty was operating his vehicle in a reckless manner and traveling at a speed in excess of the speed limit for that area. Further investigation revealed that Hardesty had impairing substances in his body.

District Attorney Scott Thomas said, “Hardesty was arrested upon his release from Vidant Medical Center. He had a felony first appearance in Carteret County District Court on Wednesday, February 5. The judge set his bond at $ 500,000 secured, with electronic monitoring and, if he makes bond, a curfew of 7:00 p.m. to 7 a.m.. In addition, he is ordered not to use or possess alcohol or any controlled substance, and not to operate a motor vehicle. His next court date is March 6.”

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