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Two killed in wreck on U.S. 401

Posted June 27, 2008

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— Two people were killed Thursday when a pickup truck collided head-on with a Corvette on U.S. Highway 401 in Franklin County, authorities said.

The wreck occurred at about 10:45 a.m., about 4.5 miles south of Louisburg when the driver of a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado heading northbound went left of the center lane, striking the 1998 Corvette.

The Corvette's passengers, James Preston Holmes, 65, and Mary Charles Holmes, 65, of Louisburg, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck's driver, Louis Mahler Joyner, 21, of Louisburg, was taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries. He was treated and released.

Authorities said Joyner will be charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle. His court date is set for July 15.

The wreck remains under investigation.

State troopers said the victims were related but would not say how. Friends said the two were married.


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  • SunnyDays Jun 27, 2008

    mronnie,ncnative&mr.gupton:I agree, what possible difference does it make what they were driving, I know exactly where these people lived, the bad thing is, the whole thing effects families that lived in Franklin County and for the most part when something like this happens, the community pulls together, so this person that makes such statements obviously knows not what he/she is talking about, I am sure this wonderful couple was probably just out maybe for a little ride, and I doubt this young man really intended to cross the center line, he will live with this for a very long time. So people please don't be so quick to judge.

  • SunnyDays Jun 27, 2008

    My sympathy goes out to the Holmes family and my sincere prayers go out to the Joyner family as I know them well, and I am sure they are struggling at this time.

  • Smitty1976 Jun 27, 2008

    I didn't know the victims but I knew one of there grandchildren. It is amazing how rumors start, and little do some people know they hurt...along with the sadness of them losing their lives, they were only 1/2 mile from home......

  • tgcmisc Jun 27, 2008

    As a 63 YO with a 62 YO wife, WE enjoy riding in our 'Vette convertible. It is a "reward" for many years of work and saving....we often drive to Goodberry's for ice cream.

    This accident was tragic for ALL the families. The Vette is NOT as safe as my Explorer or my Hummer. Depending on the speed of BOTH vehicles, the outcome could have been the same if the couple were driving a Toyota Yaris or a Mini-Cooper. The Chevy Colorado is NOT the Full-Size pick-up. It is the Mid-Size.

    The FORCE or Potential Kinetic Energy increases based on the SQUARE of the velocity. If you hit a wall driving 55 MPH, you have a certain amount of Impact Force. If you increase your speed by 10 MPH to 65, there is 40% MORE IMPACT force...if you increase the speed to 75 MPH, the IMPACT Force is increased by 86%. At 78 MPH, the IMPACT Force is DOUBLE that of 55 MPH.

    The old adage, "SPEED kills is correct". Wonder how fast BOTH vehicles were traveling.

    Sympathy to all involved.

  • jstlaram Jun 27, 2008

    There is alot of misinformation about this accident. It is tragic for both families involved and our community at large is feeling the impact. WRAL needs to check their facts before making statements on the air. THERE WAS NO ALCOHOL OR DRUGS INDICATED (*reported by Troopers on the scene).
    Not only are we all sorrowed and praying for both families, but rumers are hurtful to all concerned and show a lack of respect for everyone involved.
    While our hearts are heavy with the loss of such fine people and hurting for a good young man involved, with faith and compassion for each other we will continue on.
    Perhaps the best that can be learned by this is for us all to have patience, wear seatbelts and remember noone is promised tomorrow. Tell those who are important to you that you love them TODAY!!!!

  • freddie cadetti 72 Jun 27, 2008

    Too litle a charge for not paying attention and crossing left of center. When it is evident someone can be killed by not paying attention, the charge should be greater

  • Arkansas Razorback Jun 27, 2008

    I don't think I could ever get over crossing the center line and killing two people.

  • mronnie Jun 27, 2008

    Have you no heart-What a stupid statement!!!

  • AFLOWERS Jun 27, 2008

    This is such a sad story. My thoughts and prayers go out to all families and Especially, the young man that caused this tragic accident. This day will live on his life forever.

  • Arkansas Razorback Jun 27, 2008

    My son said 401 was completely closed yesterday afternoon. He works in Rolesville and when he went to lunch there was a detour.