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Man ejected, killed in Johnston County wreck not wearing seat belt, troopers say

Posted December 28, 2016
Updated December 29, 2016

Authorities said James Edwards Jr., 58, of Selma was traveling south on Pine Level Road when he drove off the road and hit a ditch, causing the vehicle to overturn.
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— One man was killed Wednesday night in a single-vehicle wreck in Johnston County.

Authorities said James Edwards Jr., 58, of Selma was traveling south on Pine Level Micro Road when he drove off the road and hit a ditch, causing the vehicle to overturn.

Troopers said Edwards’ truck overturned at least twice, ejecting him from the vehicle. Edwards died on the way to the hospital.

Authorities said Edwards was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Troopers said Wednesday night’s crash is the third time they have responded to an unrestrained driver being ejected from a vehicle within 24-hours and the second fatality involving an unrestrained driver within 36 hours.

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  • Jeff Freuler Jan 1, 9:44 a.m.
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    RIP David as you will be missed by all of your friends

  • Gail Dragon Dec 29, 12:02 p.m.
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    Really, once again no reason to show the wrecked vehicle. Absolutely no respect for the family!

  • Benjamin Kite Dec 29, 9:40 a.m.
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    He didn't even hit another vehicle. I would consider this tragedy a "poster-child endorsement" for our "terribly oppressive" seat belt laws. May he RIP, and may his family and friends learn from his example. RESPECT THE LAW.

  • Reggie Berryman Dec 29, 7:51 a.m.
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    There's no guarantee a seat belt will save your life in an accident, but if there's a remote possibility that it might, then that's reason enough to BUCKLE UP!