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Driver in I-540 wreck dies

Posted April 6, 2011

— One of the drivers involved in a four-vehicle wreck on Interstate 540 early Tuesday has died, police said Wednesday.

A 1999 Toyota driven by Pamela Michelle Hoyles, 44, of Raleigh, and a 2002 Ford driven by Sharon Garrett McKinnon, 45, of Oxford, bumped on eastbound I-540 between U.S. Highway 70 and Leesville Road, police said.

The contact sent the Toyota off the right shoulder of the highway and sent the Ford across the highway median into the westbound lanes, police said. The Ford was then hit by a 2011 Chevrolet driven by Dany Alan Clum, 29, of Zebulon, and a 1998 Toyota driven by Orna Vee Manison, 45, of Raleigh, before slamming into the guardrail on the right shoulder of westbound I-540.

McKinnon died of her injuries, police said.

Manison was listed in good condition Wednesday at WakeMed. There was no word on the conditions of Hoyles and Clum.

The wreck closed westbound I-540 for much of Tuesday morning, creating long delays.

Police said the wreck remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed yet.


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  • cedwards891 Apr 7, 2011

    My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved. It is not law to help render aid, unless you are the direct cause of the injury. It is however the right thing to do. So often we go about our days, not realizing that one day, we might be in the same position that they were in and we need to stop and think about if we would want someone to stop and help us or "hit the brakes,came to a stop briefly, thankfully made it through and got the heck outta there, figured someone would be killed".

  • firemanreynolds Apr 7, 2011

    I have been to many vehicle accidents on I540 and also responded to this one. If there is one thing I have learned about those cable barriers its that they simply do not work. The county needs to suck it up and pay the extra money for concrete barriers. This would cut down on head on collisions. On a separate note, if you do happen to witness a wreck such as this one, please stay. I would certainly hope that your day isn't so important that you cant stay and give a statement to an officer. And if you know there is a wreck ahead, please move over so that the fire truck can get through. If people had moved over in this situation, we could have gotten on scene much sooner. Thank you to those civilians who did stop and offer help.

  • chips_e30 Apr 7, 2011

    That streetsurvival class is great. My daughter WILL attend it or something like it when she starts to drive. From a person who drives on the track often, it is invaluable to learn emergency techniques and overall car control."

    Here here regarding car control and emergency techniques. Just a FYI for everyone- currently the Tarheel Chapter of the BMW Car Club is scheduled to host another Street Survival Clinic in Sanford sometime in October 2011. Didn't know where else to post this information.

  • genralwayne Apr 6, 2011

    Raleigh Dad, I applaud your call for action when a neighbor is in need. As a retired cop and in defense of those who chose to move on, please allow me to present another perspective.

    If an individual truthfully knows that he or she cannot handle the site of blood or severe injuries, then it is far better for them to move on rather than fainting, vomiting or otherwise adding to the challenges faced by the professional responders.

    If parked cars and rubberneckers begin to cause further traffic hazards, it is better to clear the area promptly.

    Once a witness determines that better competent help is available and their testimony is no longer needed, it is far better for him or her to move on and clear the area rather than add to the rubberneck gawkers that plague these scenes.

    Not all who refuse to stop are indifferent or heartless. Thank goodness for those hardy few who are able to offer aid & comfort.

  • Pseudonym Apr 6, 2011

    North Raleigh Dad,

    I agree 100%. I'll also add that CPR is VERY easy to learn and EVERYBODY should learn it. I see it as insurance: you hope you never have to use it, but it is extremely valuable when needed. Thank God, I've never had to do it.

  • MZBHAVEN Apr 6, 2011

    People that didnt stop should be ashamed, I also beleive it is a law to render aid if not just common courtesy.

    This happen in front of me as well, I watched a portion of the collision and then couldn't beleive that people weren't stopping. I jumped out of my vehichle and ran to see if I could help. The driver that died was tough to see, so was the passenger that was trapped in by his knees, but it tore me apart to see the young boy in the back seat dazed and confused with a bloody face and what I assume to be his parents with life threating injuries or death in the front seat. I tried to get the doors open but resolved to calling 911 when others came to help and said they couldn't get through. I at least gave 911 as much details for the first responders as I could until help arrived.

    For those that didn't stop just think about if it was someone you loved. I applaude those that did and rendered as much help as they could.

    Frankly this was hard to see and process as family man. I w

  • NC Sunshine Apr 6, 2011

    Well said North Raleigh Dad. I had a wreck way back in 1994. A passerby stopped and made me sit in my car, instead of running around in a panic, until help arrived. When you're in a panic, you don't realize how badly you are hurt. It never occured to me at the time that I could have had some major neck trauma due to the fact that my chin hit the steering wheel hard enough to break my jaw and a couple of teeth.

  • North Raleigh Dad Apr 6, 2011

    "This wreck happened about 6 or 8 cars in front of me, looked horrible, hit the brakes,came to a stop briefly, thankfully made it through and got the heck outta there, figured someone would be killed"

    I must have missed the part where you stopped and offered to help. Even with no medical training we all need to think about the possibility, slim as it may be that the unfortunate victims of accidents like these, were aware of what happened (I would hope not) but if they were, who among us would not want a hand to hold or friendly eyes to look into as we waited for help to arrive.
    I agree with some of the other comments that we need to take responsibility. Yes we do. And one of those is to our fellow human beings. If we all would just stop and think "If it were me what would I want" then perhaps instead of stopping for a second, if it was safe, we might just stop to see if we could lend a hand.

  • pooodaddy Apr 6, 2011

    That streetsurvival class is great. My daughter WILL attend it or something like it when she starts to drive. From a person who drives on the track often, it is invaluable to learn emergency techniques and overall car control. Although if you don't care and have no common sense then I guess it is a moot point.

  • genralwayne Apr 6, 2011

    "How would everyone feel about a new "unsafe driving deterrent system" that uses existing technology like cameras and electronic speed traps to send unsafe drivers a mandatory Saturday drivers safety class invite as apposed to a ticket?"

    I would support electronic monitoring and enforcement 100%...if there were no exceptions - INCLUDING our government and off-duty law enforcement officials. Which is probably why it would never pass. Nice idea, Chris!