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Deadly wrecks mar Thanksgiving holiday

Posted November 25, 2009
Updated November 27, 2009

— Central North Carolina accident investigators were kept busy on the roads on Thanksgiving Day. Three wrecks were reported within 12 hours across the northern portion of the Triangle.

Two women died in a crash Thursday morning near the intersection of Guess Road (N.C. Highway 157) and N.C. Highway 57 in Orange County, according to the sheriff's office.

The driver was identified as Susan Beasley Tamer, 39, of Williamson, Ga. Her mother, Jane McCrary Beasley, 61, of Brooks, Ga., was the passenger in the vehicle.

Investigators on the scene said the women were traveling in a Jeep which failed to yield to a small pick-up truck. They were hit broadside and the Jeep flipped, pinning both women, troopers said.

The driver of the truck,  Timothy James Whitfield, 23, was taken to an area hospital.

Tamer and Beasley were in Orange County for the holidays because Tamer and her husband planned to move to the county on Dec. 17, according to Highway Patrol Trooper Adam Kerr.

Two killed in Orange Co. crash Two killed in Orange Co. crash

Ten people – four adults and six children – were involved in a collision at Graham Brantley and Broken roads in Nash County Thursday morning.

Troopers said the wreck happened when a woman driving a Toyota 4Runner drifted into the center of the road as she attempted a left turn. An on-coming second car hit the 4Runner head-on.

Eight people from the two cars were taken to area hospitals, troopers said. None of their injuries were thought to be life-threatening.

Melissa Jo Bullock, Georgia Leigh Godfrey, Wyatt Anthony Godfrey Three die in Thanksgiving Eve crash

In Franklinton, a mother and her two children died Wednesday night in a crash near N.C. Highway 96 in Franklinton, troopers said.

Troopers said Melissa Jo Bullock Godfrey, 26, was driving west on Bruce Garner Road just before 10 p.m. when her car went off the road. She over-corrected into a ditch and her car flipped into a tree, troopers said.

Bullock, of 371 Stone Southerland Road in Louisburg, and her two children, Georgia Leigh Godfrey, 5, and John Wyatt Godfrey, 4, died at the scene.

Bullock was driving home after visiting her in-laws.

"They had just left. They had been gone about an hour," said Tony Godfrey, Bullock's father-in-law.

A family friend said troopers led him to believe that it was a freak accident that led to the crash. Len Pope said Bullock's family was distraught early Thursday and only beginning to understand what happened.

Pope said the family was grateful that the single-car wreck did not claim any additional lives.

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  • james27613 Nov 27, 2009

    I wonder if the young kids were wearing seat belt and or booster seats ?

  • TomLynda Nov 27, 2009


    What were the kids doing out at 10pm. They were visiting their grandparents with their mother. What are thinking??????

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 27, 2009

    These ladies weren't paying attention and paid the price.

    The intersection has stop signs and a flashing red light along with rumble strips.

    Unless they were legally drunk, there is no way that they could miss the stop signs for this intersection.

  • wakeconative4ever Nov 27, 2009

    I am praying for all of the families involved. So sorry for your loss.

  • sssh.. whisper Nov 27, 2009

    Prayers to the families of all of the victims... May they find peace in the upcoming days.

    RIP little angels

  • kellyaustin96 Nov 26, 2009

    The circumstance that caused the accident is one that happens may times. The driver runs off the right side of the road, realizes they are on the shoulder and/or nearing the ditch. The driver then corrects to quickly. When the tire re-enter from the dirt surface to the paved surface they break traction and you have to be pretty astute to retain control.

    Lesson learned: if you start to run off the road brake slowly and do not jerk the wheel immediately back in the road.

    Prayers to the family what a tragedy.

  • MileageWarrior Nov 26, 2009

    do people not read these articles before making stupid statements? what were a 4 and 5 year old doing out at 10pm? well lets see, the article clearly stated that the woman and her kids left her inlaws, you know, the children's grandparents, about an hour prior to the wreck.

    are children not allowed to visit family? what a moronic comment.

  • grayboomerang Nov 26, 2009

    jackaroo...maybe they were headed to grandma's for thanksgiving....don't condemn the mother for the time of day.

    As for the new headline about multiple wrecks....if people would stop tailgating, texting, etc...perhaps there wouldn't be so many??? I was on a fourlane road today..this Cadalliac Truck kept weaving and wobbling in his lane...I passed him to get away from him. Of course, he was texting on his phone. I stopped at the next stoplight which was already red...he just sped righ through it. Then continued traveling up Creedmoor Rd. like a bat out of hades. And we wonder why we are having so many issues with wrecks?

  • jackaroo2 Nov 26, 2009

    I am wondering if any of them were wearing seat belts/child restraints. Somehow, I doubt it. Also, what were 4-5 yr olds doing out at 10pm.

  • Big Mike Nov 26, 2009

    The intersection in N.Orange County is a flashing red light for cars traveling NW/SE(Guess Rd..NC157). The cars traveling on NC57 have the right of way. There are rumble strips of pavement and signage on NC157 on both sides of the intersection to alert the drivers of the oncoming red stop signals. Evidentally the ladies from Georgia were distracted for some reason and paid the ultimate price. It is so sad!