GM offers assistance investigating fatal crash involving Cumberland teacher
Posted May 13
Updated May 15
Hope Mills, N.C. — General Motors has contacted the North Carolina State Highway Patrol regarding an accident that killed a Cumberland County high school teacher.
William Neil Parnell III, who taught at South View High School in Hope Mills, died Friday after his Chevrolet Cobalt crashed into the back of a stopped school bus. Troopers said Parnell, 39, did not brake and plowed into the back of the bus.
The Cobalt is part of two nationwide GM recalls for sudden power steering loss and faulty ignition switches.
It's still unclear if the mechanical problems played any role in the crash, but General Motors has offered to help the Highway Patrol with its investigation by providing any needed information, Trooper D. Pope, who is investigating the crash, said.
The Highway Patrol’s accident reconstruction team will review the accident later this week, Pope said.