Raleigh, N.C. — Five people died in three wrecks during the New Year's holiday enforcement period between Dec. 31 and Jan. 2, state Highway Patrol officials said Wednesday.
The number of deaths was up one from the same three-day stretch a year ago, authorities said, and two of the three fatal wrecks involved alcohol. A 27-year-old Turkey man died in Duplin County Tuesday after losing control of his car while traveling west on Morrison Road and hitting a utility pole.
In Robeson County, a 25-year-old woman died after an all-terrain vehicle overturned on Pleasant Road.
Statewide, there were 846 fatal collisions on highways in 2012. In those wrecks, 899 people died, including 98 pedestrians, 15 bicyclists and 79 motorcyclists.
In total, 204 fatal collisions in 2012 involved the suspected use of alcohol, officials said.