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Benson couple killed in wreck on NC 210; Smithfield man charged

Posted September 17, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014

— A couple from Benson died Wednesday afternoon in a three-vehicle wreck on N.C. Highway 210 west of Smithfield, state Highway Patrol officials said.

The wreck happened at around 1:50 p.m. after a 2015 Chevrolet work truck crossed the center line and collided with a 2005 Dodge pickup truck near Lassiter Road, authorities said.

Robert Sherrill McGee, 81, and his wife, 79-year-old Melba McGee, who were in the Dodge pickup, died at the scene.

The driver of the Chevrolet pickup, David Michael Walker Jr., of Princeton, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and driving left of center, troopers said.

"It was a big explosion, you can't believe it," said Nasser Ali, who heard the wreck while working at a nearby convenience store.

A 2013 Kia rear-ended the Chevrolet pickup after the initial wreck, investigators said.

"I said honey, you are going to have to get out of this car," said Rhonda Jones, who helped the driver of the third vehicle.

Walker, 19, and Hugo Flores Jimenez, who was a passenger in the Chevrolet truck, were taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Kia was taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries.

"We do not know who or what caused the truck to go left of center," said Lt. Jeff Gordon with the state Highway Patrol. "Just one split second of in-attention and drifting left of center, as you can see, results in a tragic consequence."

N.C. 210 between Reedy Creek and Berea Church roads was closed for about three hours.


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  • errollskz Sep 19, 2014

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  • btneast Sep 18, 2014

    I totally agree with Kelly Summers.. It was hard enough to hear of the devastating death of Uncle Robert and Aunt Melba but to have to see it over and over..... It's just to much to have to deal with... Which is why it is in your best interest to avoid media outlets right now. Its the nature of the beast to give the public as much info as they can.....its always been like this. The media will get info wrong too, which will upset family members too. You will never change that, but you can help family by encouraging them to just stay away from papers and the news for right now.

  • wifeofalawman Sep 18, 2014

    I totally agree with Kelly Summers.. It was hard enough to hear of the devastating death of Uncle Robert and Aunt Melba but to have to see it over and over..... It's just to much to have to deal with...

  • kellysummers Sep 18, 2014

    As a member of the extended family, it was hard to see the pictures with the tarps still in place covering the bodies. If pictures are going to be shown from these fatal wrecks, I think it would be nice if they waited until the bodies were removed (e.g. no tarps visible) to take them. In fact, I think it should be required. Maybe someone should get on getting a law about that passed...

    It is also my personal opinion that it is in the poorest of taste for any News/ Media Outlet to air/post video of an accident that results in loss of life. The police need that footage, insurance companies need that footage. News Outlets do not NEED that footage, they simply WANT to air it because it sensationalizes their broadcast, bringing them viewers, i.e. bringing them revenue. Some may see it as a leap, but I feel that WTVD, in posting/ airing the video of the car accident, is profiting from the sensationalization of Uncle Robert and Aunt Melba's death. It feels gross and uncivil.

  • Sherrill Craig Sep 18, 2014
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    My mistake. Should read

    "how do you know that the driver of the plumbing truck was NOT having a medical emergency?

  • Sherrill Craig Sep 18, 2014
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    How do you the driver was not having a medical emergency??

  • Todd Singleton Sep 18, 2014
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    Poor taste in posting the picture of the pickup? Other media outlet have posted the store video of the wreck occurring. Step away from the cocoons folks.

  • Mary Dodd Sep 18, 2014
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    Tar97Heel, "reckless behavior" and what the law defines as "reckless driving" are not necessarily the same thing. Reckless behavior can be in the eye of the beholder, but statutes are another thing, and Sinenomine made that clear!

  • btneast Sep 18, 2014

    What is the plumbing company in question? I plan to avoid their business going forward….. Really? Off info you got from 3rd hand news stories on the internet no less? You would make such a judgment before all of the facts were in?

  • mcraineycrazies Sep 18, 2014

    This is part of my daughter's boyfriends family. They live right next door to the two that were killed. This family is very know down this way. And let me say, this is a big shock. These two will be dearly missed by tons of family which is part 9of mcgees crossroads area and alot of friends