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Man charged in wreck that injured Harnett teen

Posted June 13, 2010

— A Moncure man has been charged with running a stop sign and causing a wreck Saturday afternoon that seriously injured a Harnett County teenager.

Donald Ray Thomas Jr., 33, was charged with a red-light violation in the wreck in Lillington that injured Henrietta Humes, 18, of Cameron.

Humes had a broken pelvis and legs, state troopers said. Her injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening. She was taken to Cape Fear in Wilmington, then transferred to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Troopers said that a 2008 Dodge pickup truck driven by Thomas crashed into a 2010 Hyundai passenger car in which Humes was a passenger at South Barbecue Church Road and N.C. Highway 27.

The Hyundai driver, Shaina Kaye Merritt, 18, of Cameron, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Womack Army Medical Center.

Thomas and his passenger, Heather Begroat, were treated for minor injuries at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford.


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  • dearslayer2 Jun 17, 2010

    I live right down the road from this intersection. It is one if you do not know the road ends up ahead there is a accident waiting to happen. I am one who also thinks why did this make a headline.

  • chardy1 Jun 15, 2010

    Maybe it was highlighted due to the fact that it involved high school students again. That infact it was a very serious wreck. Just because it did not involve DUI doesn't make it less important. That girl who they are talking about with the broke pelvis and legs. Well they had to use the jaws of life to get her out of that car. It also is talking about a very dangerous section of the road. Its on a curve with another lane on the opposite side merging on to that road with only a stop sign.( like a y intersection) Running that stop sign is starting to become an every day issue.

  • mulecitybabe Jun 14, 2010

    I'm not sure why this even made the news. It was a non-DUI accident with a serious but not life threatening injury. There are dozens of accidents like this every day. Why is this one being highlighted?

  • morebadnews Jun 14, 2010

    BrianHarris39...I don't understand your question.

  • brianharris39 Jun 14, 2010

    South Barbecue Church Road is all road??? you no you
    live in county then

  • morebadnews Jun 14, 2010

    I have to agree with DaveO! They don't care to check their facts since this did not happen in Wake County. They also reported wrong on the news this morning. They reported WHHS had just had it graduation a few miles a way (they did give an actual number). However, the graduation was not held those few miles away at the school. It was held at Campbell University. She also gave the city name as Littleton. I'm not usually one who critizes the news becuase people do make mistakes but it's not hard to check the facts (or correct city name).

  • DaveO Jun 14, 2010

    Glass Half Full-It happened in Harnett County, they can't be bothered with checking facts since it didn't happen in Wake.

  • Glass Half Full Jun 14, 2010

    Why would an ambulance take someone to Cape Fear Hospital in Wilmington from Harnett County? Maybe it was Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville where there's a UNC helicopter stationed? I think that would be much closer.