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Drug, Phone Believed To Be Factors In Johnston County Wreck

Posted October 2, 2003

— A prescription drug and a cell phone are being blamed for a traffic accident in which two women were killed and three others seriously injured in Johnston County.

According to the state Highway Patrol, the accident killed Roxanne Jeffries of Kenly and Mindy Lynn Jeffries of Pikeville. Investigators believe the women were mother and daughter.

Troopers say Don Gordon lost control of his car while impaired by a prescription drug and after he dropped his cell phone. His car crossed the center line on Pine Level Selma Road and crashed head-on into the car driven by Mindy Jeffries.

Gordon, who's from Princeton, is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, driving while impaired and driving while his license is revoked. Investigators also said the car carried a tag apparently stolen from another car.

Gordon also was injured in the wreck and was transported by helicopter to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.


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