Thursday 22 Aug 2019

UPDATE: Victims Identified In Fatal Car Crashes

Authorities have released the identifies of the victims killed in two separate Wayne County car accidents during the Easter holiday weekend.

The driver of the red car died in this crash late Friday evening on Bennett Bridge Road.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, 35-year-old Elton G. Jones of La Grange perished in the Friday evening crash on Bennett Bridge Road near Zion Church and Atlas Price roads. The State Highway Patrol believes Jones lost control of his vehicle and crossed the centerline striking an oncoming vehicle driven by 29-year-old Conickai C. Battle of Goldsboro.  Battle was taken to Wayne UNC Health Care for treatment of minor injuries.  There were high winds and heavy rain in the area at the time, and the Highway Patrol says they may have been a factor in the fatal crash.


Sunday afternoon’s head-on crash on E. New Hope Road.

One person is dead and two others suffered life-threatening injuries in Sunday’s two vehicle crash on E. New Hope Road. The crash occurred around 3:30 PM when a pickup truck apparently crossed the centerline and struck an oncoming car head-on.  The pickup driver, 19-year-old Brock A. Johnson of Goldsboro, and the driver of the passenger vehicle, 57-year-old Sheila C. Leatham of Goldsboro, suffered life-threatening injuries and have been taken to Vidant Medical Center.  Dorothy P. Curdts of Goldsboro, a passenger in Leatham’s vehicle, was taken to Wayne UNC Health Care where she died from the injuries she sustained in the crash.  According to the State Highway Patrol, no charges have been filed and this accident is still under investigation.

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