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Couple killed in Johnston County crash

Posted November 10, 2013
Updated November 12, 2013

— A husband and wife were killed Sunday morning in a two-car wreck on Covered Bridge Road in Johnston County, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the wreck happened around 9:30 a.m. when Erica Stone, 18, of Smithfield, crossed the center line and collided with a car occupied by Thomas Dehlinger and Carol Dehlinger, both 64 and of Johnston County.

The Dehlingers were taken to the hospital where they later died.

Stone suffered minor injuries and was charged with reckless driving. Speed may have been a factor in the crash, investigators said.


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  • go fish Nov 20, 2013

    Where exactly was the crash? I live off Covered Bridge road in Archer Lodge, I was out Sunday morning but didn't see this.

  • libertyandlead Nov 15, 2013

    The emergency personnel at the scene were great and at no time were disrespected or was anyone rude. The people involved were in shock and quite shaken up, perhaps head on collisions are reasons enough to cause people to not be their most friendly.

    It amazes me that people who were not there can comment with such vitriol. Yes, I was there.

    To Felton, thanks for saying what most feel. Could have been any of us.

  • libertyandlead Nov 15, 2013

    I guess the American way is to post and comment on hearsay. The 18 yr old was not speeding, the reckless driving charge was an attempt by the patrolman to lessen the charges associated with left of center, improper movement, and other things by putting them under one charge. He has been very helpful to the family in navigating through this tragedy.

    The 18 yr old young woman was not rude to troopers, but did refuse to talk until her father was there, as it is her right to remain silent. This is a case of a new driver (4 months) and an unfamiliar road with a very sharp curve. It was a tragic accident. To say that this young woman "only gets minor injuries" is callous at best. She has a lifetime to live with the knowledge that an accident she caused took 2 people's lives.

  • HomeBrewDude Nov 13, 2013

    @Farmer- thanks for the info. That is sad how kids behave. If she was rude that is one thing but actually it is recommended that statements are not given to police; especially if you KNOW you are at fault. That is best practice from a legal perspective. But, yes, one does not need to be rude about it.

  • FarmerUSA Nov 12, 2013

    I think the reckless driving charge will be upgraded. I heard the 18 year old was speeding and refused to talk to police after the accident. I also heard she was very rude to police officers and other emergency personnel at the scene. She killed 2 people and should be punished for it.

  • simplelogic Nov 11, 2013

    I always find it a sad irony when the innocent are killed and the person responsible only gets minor injuries. I wonder if that reckless driving charge will be upgraded.

  • Felton23 Nov 11, 2013

    Very tragic, prayers to the families involved. 9:30am Sunday Morning, this could have happened to anyone.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Nov 11, 2013

    Prayers from the Archers Lodge area.