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Pinehurst man charged in fatal road rage case

Posted October 24, 2008

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— Authorities charged a Pinehurst man with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a wreck that that left a Brunswick County woman dead, the highway patrol said.

The Highway Patrol said the case involved road rage with parties in two vehicles making gestures toward each other.

Gregory Starvick, 52, is accused of swerving his pickup truck into another lane of U.S. Highway 15/501 Thursday at about 6 p.m. The swerving caused driver Timothy Fox, 18, to swerve his sport utility vehicle.

Both vehicles veered off the road but did not touch, officials said.

Fox over-corrected, and his SUV overturned. The wreck threw two passengers from tthe vehicle. One of those passengers, Kristi Riggins, 18, of Supply, died, authorities said.

Other SUV passengers – Christopher Garcia, 17, of Lillington, and Matia McCauley, 17, of Sanford – were transported by helicopter to UNC Hospitals. Their conditions were unknown.

Fox, of Sanford, was treated at the Central Carolina Hospital in Lee County and released.

The official cause of the crash was over-steering and inattention to the road, the highway patrol said.

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  • kebridgeman Oct 24, 2008

    As easy as it is to "cut" people off on the road, there is just no excuse for this man to swerve his vehicle an ANY other vehicle! Who out there can honestly say that they have never cut another driver off?!? Who cares if the kids made gestures at him or what! Everyone knows that SUV's can flip easily when they swerve....add to it in-experience driver and it's no surprise what has happened here. This man should be charged with so much more than just involuntary manslaughter.

    I've know Kristi's family for a long time....and I'm very angry. Kristi and her family deserved so much more time and happiness. Because of a jerk who probably has had other problems than just this...Kristi has lost her life and her family has lost more than can be explained. I pray they stick more charges on this man!!!

  • Adelinthe Oct 24, 2008

    Both drivers should be charged.

    Praying for the loved ones of the deceased and injured.

    Such a lovely girl.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • IzzMad2016 Oct 24, 2008

    moohakingy : my sympathies to your family and the families of all parties. This is a tragedy for all involved.

  • teacher-mom Oct 24, 2008

    That man needs to go to jail for what he did. Teenagers might do stupid stuff like that; adults mave more sense.

  • tarheelblue919 Oct 24, 2008

    i'll admit what i said earlier was pretty harsh, my point was that people REALLY need to drive safely. to many people just zip and zoom around and get mad and cut people off and do crazy things and dont really think of the consequenses. a second of anger could turn into manslaughter....think before you do...

  • dlentz2 Oct 24, 2008

    52 years old!!! When will he grow up and get his brain out of his rear. Kids do stupid stuff like playing chicken with a car. He should know better!!

  • shakey4542 Oct 24, 2008

    All I'm saying is that you are sending the man to the hanging post before we know the whole story. I am done with this part of it....I am praying for the teens and their families and thanking GOD that nobody else was hurt. Nuff said

  • animalover Oct 24, 2008

    This man should not only go to prison, but he should never be permitted to own or drive a vehicle for the rest of his life.

  • leo-nc Oct 24, 2008

    Manslaughter has nothing to do with premeditated murder. Even second degree murder is not premeditated but requires malice. Hence the reason for being charged with manslaughter and not first degree murder.

  • 3potato4 Oct 24, 2008

    Andy, please know that we're all here praying for your family and Kristi and Chris' families, too. This is such a tragidy for these young people. This didn't have to happen and that's something the trucks driver will have to answer for. There is nothing he can do or say now to take back his hasty and careless actions. He used his vehicle as a weapon and many families are grieving now because of it.

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