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Five killed in three New Year's Day wrecks

Posted January 2, 2013

North Carolina State Highway Patrol

— 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.


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  • kermit60 Jan 3, 2013

    With all these deaths maybe there should be a movement to reduce six packs to a 3 pack and liquor to no larger than 12 ounces.

  • LocalYokel Jan 3, 2013

    Nothing says that law enforcement isn't doing their job like statistics for traffic deaths.

    Who knows? Next time it could be you or someone you love?

  • LocalYokel Jan 3, 2013

    ...and don't forget the people that were injured and had property damage.

    Bad drivers cause a lot of grief for us. If want to prevent this grief then demand your police to do their jobs, enforce the law, and not go soft on traffic crimes.

  • hpr641 Jan 3, 2013

    Actually, JDA, it just said "... involved the suspected use of alcohol." Notice the actual words used were "use of" ... not "impairment by". I.e., there's a BIG difference between someone causing an accident who might have had a drink beforehand and someone whose driving abilities were truly impaired by alcohol (or drugs).

  • JDAmbrosio Jan 3, 2013

    1 in 4 of these fatal crashes involved alcohol. When will people wake up and realize that you stand a huge chance of getting yourself killed or killing others when you drink and drive? I wish they had published some stats on the ages of the drunk drivers in those fatal crashes. People tend to think it's just these "young crazy kids" but I suspect a LOT of these people are well over 30! Wake up, people. Wake up! It just never ever ever makes sense to get behind the wheel after drinking. Call a friend - your friend will be thankful you did.

  • ASU Jan 2, 2013

    Its only the ncshp totals its not all the fatal wrecks across the state.

  • jjsmith1973 Jan 2, 2013

    Actually, I was speaking of the total numbers at the end of the article which is the entire state and iclude all fatal accidents

  • ASU Jan 2, 2013

    These number are on the numbers of the NCSHP not including city police departments such as Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, Wilmington, and Fayetteville.

  • jjsmith1973 Jan 2, 2013

    @buenhace there are far fewer 747's then cars. So yes it would make the news. So it isn't the it doesn't make healnines. It is about what they choose to cover. Such as DWI acocount for less then a 1/4 of fatal deaths, although the most covered on the news and most severly punished and every year a new harder law past on it. Yet speeding and distracted driveing has remained the same for year and min. punishment.

  • burnhace Jan 2, 2013

    899 deaths! Do you think that if two fully loaded 747 jumbo jets had crashed in North Carolina (which would kill the same number of people) the story might get a bigger headline? What is it about traffic deaths that make us so complacent?