A multi-vehicle accident that occurred on March 22 in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 64 in North Carolina reportedly involved as many as 15 motorcycles. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred before 12 p.m. between Edgemont Road and Lizard Lick Road near Wendell.
A 20-year-old woman from North Carolina was killed in an accident that occurred at about 9:41 p.m. on March 14. The Seagrove woman was traveling on Needham Grove Road toward Robbins. The road crested into a hill where authorities say visibility is poor. According to police, as the woman's car crested the hill, she drove slightly left of center. At the same time, a 1994 Toyota 4Runner driven by a 20-year-old man from Asheboro approached. The driver hit his brakes, but his 4Runner still moved towards the woman's car. She tried to turn the vehicle away, but it was struck by the oncoming Toyota.
A chain-reaction crash occurred as drivers, attempting to avoid an accident, slammed on their brakes. Most of the vehicles involved either went out of control or rammed into other cars. A transport van belonging to the Twin County Disabled American Veterans Chapter in Rocky Mount was found upside down in a ditch, according to reports. A male passenger in the van died, and the 63-year-old female driver was transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville due to her injuries. No other drivers were hurt in this incident.
According to local North Carolina police, a 22-year-old man was struck and killed on the morning of Feb. 16. A 19-year-old driver was accused of hitting the man, who was a marine, before colliding with a tree and a utility pole while intoxicated.
In a move that could end up affecting some Camry owners in North Carolina, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made a preliminary evaluation of possible brake defects in 2007 and 2008 Camry models. The agency has identified 59 complaints related to faulty brake actuation in these vehicles, 40 percent of which occurred at speeds greater than 40 mph. Brake failures at those velocities could lead to a dangerous car accident. Thus far, two accidents have been linked to the possible defect and the NHTSA is investigating whether any injuries or fatalities may be related.
A North Carolina delivery driver suffered a serious head injury in a Dec. 17 accident with a 2009 Ford Super Duty pickup truck. The car accident occurred on Western Boulevard and Memorial Drive in Jacksonville near the Jacksonville Mall.
A man who accidentally ran over a North Carolina cyclist pleaded guilty in the cyclist's death. The fatal car accident occurred six months ago.
Some North Carolina motorists who drive Honda Odyssey minivans may be affected by a vehicle recall that will begin in March 2014. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a problem with the Vehicle Safety Assist System, or VSA, in 344,187 Odyssey minivans manufactured from August 8, 2006, through September 8, 2008, may cause these vehicles to brake hard without warning. Honda says that it will notify owners about the pending recall by letter, which will contain instructions explaining how to proceed.
A North Carolina woman was struck and killed by an SUV after she got out of her disabled vehicle on U.S. Highway 70 on the morning of Dec. 13. The North Carolina Highway Patrol was able to reopen one lane of the highway in Clayton during the heavy drive period of the morning commute. Other lanes of the highway remained closed for two hours.
A 53-year-old man died as the result of an accident in North Carolina Dec. 12. A 39-year-old man was driving a Jeep around 5:30 p.m. when he allegedly drove into the path of an SUV. The Jeep flipped over, and several passengers were injured as a result. The injured passengers were transported to the local hospital. The types of injuries suffered by those involved in the fatal accident and their current conditions are unknown.