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1 Dead in Johnston County Wreck

Posted January 1, 2007

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— One person was killed and a second was sent to the hospital Monday morning following a wreck near Clayton, authorities said.

Troy McKeever, 22, of Smithfield, was northbound on Thanksgiving Volunteer Fire Department Road when he ran off of the road, overcorrected and crossed the center line, authorities said. A sport utility vehicle driven by Francis Worth, 72, of New York, collided with McKeever's Kia sedan, hitting the left side of the vehicle, authorities said.

The accident occurred near Covered Bridge Road in the Archer Lodge community.

McKeever, who had moved to Smithfield with his girlfriend from Florida in September, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Worth was transported to WakeMed, where he was treated and released.

 McKeever and his girlfriend had just moved to Smithfield from Florida back in September.

No charges will be filed in the case, authorities said.
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  • clrracer Jan 2, 2007

    please do not try to make this an SUV issue. the driver of the SUV was not at fault, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. in this particular accident, a VW bug would have more than likely caused the same result.

  • Pippy999 Jan 1, 2007

    Vehicles, especially S.U.V.s, are so dangerous if not driven safely. A week or two ago, a woman, her young son, and a man were killed by an S.U.V. driver who wasn't paying attention.

  • daddylike Jan 1, 2007

    Sad, I hope he was saved.

  • lbzebulon Jan 1, 2007

    This wreck happened right in front of our home, I was pleased that rescue workers arrived so promptly. Cars speed quite often on this road.