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Driver Killed In Wreck On U.S. 70 In Johnston County

Posted May 28, 2004

— Memorial Day weekend got off to a tragic start in Johnston County when a fatal wreck on U.S. 70 became the second fatal wreck in the county before 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Officials said a pickup truck was struck by another vehicle on U.S. 70 at Wilsons Mills Road and flipped several times just after 9 a.m. Friday. The driver of the pickup truck, 57-year-old James Parker, of Princeton, was ejected and killed.

The wreck occurred less than four hours after

a fatal wreck

in Johnston County involving a tractor-trailer and van on northbound Interstate 95, between Smithfield and Four Oaks.

The wreck that killed Parker happened after 16-year-old Anna Parker (no relation), of Smithfield, approached a flashing red light at the intersection of 70 and Wilsons Mills and failed to stop as she traveled south on Wilsons Mills in her 1995 Honda.

Anna Parker's vehicle struck James Parker's 1971 Chevrolet pickup on the driver's side as the pickup headed east on 70.

Neither Anna Parker nor her passenger, Michael Wales, from Clayton, sustained any injuries.

James Parker had two passengers: Ricky Toler, from Kenly, and Roger Toler, from Princeton. Both of them sustained minor injuries.

Charges are pending against Anna Parker.

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