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Icy Conditions, Speed Contribute To Fatal Nash Wreck

Posted January 18, 2007

— The state Highway Patrol said the wintry conditions contributed to a fatal accident Thursday in Nash County.

Authorities said Dr. Jose Guijarro, 50, a vascular surgeon from Goldsboro, was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 264 near N.C. Highway 231 at about 7:30 a.m. when he lost control of his pickup truck.

"He probably changed lanes slightly. The vehicle went into a skid, careened off the road, and after you go off the road, you lose control," said 1st Sgt. Keith Stone of the Highway Patrol.

According to authorities, Guijarro ran off the road and hit a tree. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, authorities said.

Troopers said speed also played a factor in the accident.

A representative from Wayne Memorial Hospital said Guijarro spent his residency in New Mexico and went to medical school at the University of Oklahoma. He worked at Eastern Carolina Surgical Associates.

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  • jerryheflin Jan 29, 2007

    I have no idea what type of doctor he was (if was anything like his father he was fantastic) I really don't know what kind of man he was (I had lost contact with him), I do know what kind of person he was when he was in school at Marlow, he would do anything for anyone, was hard working, and absolutely honest. He was a great student, but never looked down on anyone and was always willing to help, was a great athlete but never took advantage of anyone. He was in other words a great person. I have know doubt he carried these same traits throughout his life and will be greatly missed by everyone who ever knew him. I have spent a week thinking about some good times in school wiht Jose.
    Jerry Heflin

  • joshjoejake Jan 28, 2007

    I knew Dr.G for about 16 years he was an awesome man and a great doctor I will miss him greatly my love to his family
    --Tyndal If you want what you deserve come see me!!
    WMH Josh

  • dlenghyd Jan 26, 2007

    To the fool who said people get what they deserve, I feel sorry for you. You have no idea what you missed by not knowing Jose. I hope when tragity hits your family that there is no one as heartless or as big of a jerk as you to you & your family. Jose started Kindergarden with me fresh from his family escaping Cuba, in Marlow Ok. Could speak very little English. He became one of the best friends I ever had. Even though we lost contact over the years I never for got his humor, his dedication in everything he did, & anytime he could help me out, he was there. I didn't have to ask. A great great individual. My prayers go out to his Mom, another great person, his wife & children, his siblings & his friends & workers, which I figure are one & the same. I know there is going to big a big hole left in your heart, as in mine from his passing.
    God Bless,
    Doug Henton

  • xraygrl Jan 24, 2007

    It's hard to believe that it's been almost a week since this has happened. I met Dr. Guijarro as a patient first, and then came to know him better when I became employed as an xray tech at WMH. I've never met anyone whose memory was as well as his. Once he met you, he remembered you. OR room 3 and C-arm "C" will always be his. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his friends and family. Dr. G, we will always remember you.

  • deadoug1 Jan 23, 2007

    I am just able to comment on the loss of Dr. G. He will be greatly missed here at WMH. I worked often with him "as I am a respiratory therapist" concerning surgey patients. I also new him on the other side as a family member when he did surgey on my husband several years ago. There was never a time when we met he did not inquire about my husband's health. I can say form our department at WMH he will be missed. My prayers go out to the family and the staff of Eastern Carolina Surgical Ass.

  • jackie92861 Jan 20, 2007

    I have worked with Dr Guijarro in the operating room for 7 years. He was very passionate, intelligent and had a good heart. He loved what he did. He was kind to his patients and knew all about them and their families. And he would light up when he talked about his children. Dr Guijarro left us with many funny stories to tell. We will miss him very much. His family will continually be in our prayers for comfort in this difficult time. I dont think Ray Tyndall knew Dr Guijarro because if he did he wouldnt said those terrible things.

  • nickiporter Jan 19, 2007

    I was just informed of the terrible tragedy this evening from a dear friend. Dr Guijarro or Dr G as I called him was not only an awesome talented surgeon, but individual as well. I was lucky enough to work with him as a new nurse a few years back. I always enjoyed working with him as he taught me something new on a daily basis. He was always highly respected not only by his peers, but by the nurses, staff, and patients he cared for. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. I feel sorry for those individuals that feel they must find or put blame back on the victims of such uncontrollable accidents. I believe things occur for a reason, God controls our fate. Dr G you made your mark, At least on the 2nd floor at Wayne. You made your mark on me and I thank you for all the instruction in medical care. You made me a better nurse a better person. So thank you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and the 2nd floor of Wayne Memorial...I know the staff must be in mourning. God Bless

  • christopherhebert Jan 19, 2007

    Jose Guijarro was a loving son, father, brother and uncle. He was and still is my role model. I can only hope to mature into the person that he was.

    For everything there is a season,
    And a time for every matter under heaven:
    A time to be born, and a time to die;
    A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
    A time to kill, and a time to heal;
    A time to break down, and a time to build up;
    A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to seek, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to throw away; A time to tear, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate, A time for war, and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

    ~may God lift you up on eagles wings~

  • melissawgregory Jan 19, 2007

    I worked for Dr. Guijarro at Eastern Carolina Surgical Assoc. I looked up to him. He was a great mentor. I learned so much from him. I could talk to him about anything. He also didn't mind helping me with homework, and if i had any questions all I had to do was ask. I was his "beeper-keeper" :o). I am going to miss our talks on Tuesdays-He would come into my office after seeing patients, and we would talk for at least and hour or two. He never mind me bugging him about getting his papers signed for surgery. -Dr. Guijarro, I am gonna miss you!-

  • lawrencemay Jan 19, 2007

    To the family of Dr. Jose. It was with great sadness to hear of your loss. My family and your was always close and I will let everyone know of his passing. If there is anything I can do here in Oklahoma please do not hesitate to call me. Send Josephine our love and know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Lawrence May