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Two killed in Wayne County wrecks

Posted October 18, 2010

— Two people have died in separate Wayne County wrecks since late Sunday, authorities said Monday.

One person was killed Monday morning when the SUV he was riding in veered off the road near Dudley, authorities said.

Six people were heading to a farm for work at about 7 a.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle on Herring Road, Highway Patrol Trooper J.S. Smith said.

Jose Vasquez, 19, of Dudley, was thrown from the vehicle and killed. Smith said Vasquez was asleep in the back seat and wasn't wearing his seat belt.

Another passenger, Carolina Rodriguez, 26, of Goldsboro, also wasn't wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle, Smith said. She suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital.

The driver, Mercedes Vasquez, 31, of Mount Olive, and three other passengers were taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries that authorities said didn't appear to be life-threatening.

Mercedes Vasquez has been charged with death by motor vehicle and driving with no operator's license.

A Mount Olive woman was killed in a separate wreck late Sunday, authorities said.

Kristy Jernigan Lee, 37, was southbound on U.S. Highway 117 when her vehicle collided head-on with another vehicle, authorities said.

The driver of the other vehicle was trying to a third vehicle in a no-passing zone when the wreck occurred, authorities said.

There was no word on the condition of the driver of the other vehicle involved in the wreck or any passengers.

There also was no word Monday on possible charges in the case.


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  • Marlene Oct 19, 2010

    Amen whatusay

  • whatusay Oct 19, 2010

    No drivers license.....seat belts not being used....
    Where are these people from? Are they legal citizens, or is NC affraid Obama will sue if their legal residence is questionsed? People who don't obey our laws should be in jail, or in another counry.

  • codomatic Oct 18, 2010

    Amen circlecity

  • mulecitybabe Oct 18, 2010

    Too bad the drunk didn't drive into Mr. Creech's store instead.

  • circlecity Oct 18, 2010

    Mexicans need to go back to mexico where they can drive how ever they want

  • michirrus Oct 18, 2010

    sorry catfisherman, my post was for the person you are quoting.

  • michirrus Oct 18, 2010

    @catfisherman, How do you know he is mexican? Did you ask him?
    He could have been from Honduras or Colombia o any other latino country. Your post only shows how ignorant you are.

  • lucky2baweeks Oct 18, 2010

    Thank you marxis- We live there now, and the Jernigan's are a part of our extended family. Such a tight knit, loving, and strong family. She will be truly missed and the real victims besides her is the family as a whole. They will never be the same. And thank you to all who are posting with compassion for this family.

  • marxismandmartinis Oct 18, 2010

    lucky2b- very well said. I was fortunate enough to have grown up on Thunder Swamp Road and in that community- never anywhere will you find a better group of people, especially when unfortunate things occur. To say it's sad is an understatement...

  • lucky2baweeks Oct 18, 2010

    Kristie did not work at the Piggly Wiggly.