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Man killed in head-on crash near Lillington

Posted May 29, 2013

SKY5 provided this aerial view of a fatal crash May 29 in Harnett County.

— A 62-year-old Eden man was killed in a head-on collision Wednesday in Harnett County, state troopers said.

The crash happened shortly after 9 a.m. on N.C. Highway 421 near Lillington. Troopers said Robert Blaine Clemmens, 50, of Wilmington, was driving his 2006 Ford pickup north on the road when he crossed the center line and struck a southbound 2005 Chevrolet van.

The van driver, Joseph Maitland Harris, died as a result of the crash. He was the only occupant in the vehicle.

Troopers said Clemmens swerved into the opposing lane to avoid slowing traffic in front of him. He was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and was released on an unsecured bond.

Troopers said both men were wearing seat belts, and airbags deployed in both vehicles.


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  • wizakid May 30, 2013

    fed.up69, sorry for the loss of Mr. Harris. Prayers for the family of everyone involved. This accident was less than a mile from my house. Folks need to be more careful and pay more attention.

  • fed.up69 May 30, 2013

    The man that died was a retired Sgt. with NCSHP. Joe was a loving caring father,Grandfather and will be missed by everyone that knew him.

  • Rebelyell55 May 30, 2013

    Makes ya wonder what distracted him to the point that he ran up on the slow traffic and couldn't stop.

  • LocalYokel May 30, 2013

    Punishment for "misdemeanor death by motor vehicle" is like being suspended from school. The charge for killing someone with your car should be more like third degree murder and punishment for killing someone with your car should be mandatory minimum prison sentence. Thanks to WRAL for not calling this an "accident".

    You don't belong in society with the rest of us if you are prone to kill us or injure us with your vehicle. You should be locked away for our safety.