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Fiery wreck kills two in Wayne County

Posted June 26, 2011

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— A fiery head-on collision in Wayne County Saturday night killed two people, including a man burned so badly authorities needed 18 hours of investigation to determine his identity.

State troopers said that a southbound Ford Focus crossed the center line and struck an oncoming Toyota vehicle around 9:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 117, between Stuckey and Edmundson Springs Road. The vehicles caught on fire.

The driver of the Toyota, Donna Jeane Braman, 53, of Lucama, died in the wreck, troopers said. James Richard Golvan, 51, of Summerville, South Carolina, who was driving the Ford Focus, also died. He was identified Sunday evening.

Troopers said speed was a factor in the crash.

Fiery wreck kills two in Wayne County Fiery wreck kills two in Wayne County

Braman was driving home from church in Fremont, her husband said.

"She had left me a voicemail and it got deleted, not realizing that would be the last time I heard from my wife," said James Braman.

Ed Pridgen, a tow truck driver, lives nearby and heard the crash, which he described as a "loud boom."

When he got to the scene, he saw Golvan trapped inside his car.

"It was an inferno. I mean, a real inferno," Pridgen said.

James Braman said his heart goes out to Golvan's family and he knows that his wife would have been praying for them, too.

"That's the kind of person she was," he said.

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  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 27, 7:00 p.m.

    Yokel - "I pray that you will start thinking."

    No need to pray about that.

    I think continuously, and what I think is that it's a shame someone has to use a blog about death to promote their own little private agendas of pointing fingers of blame.

    It disgusts me that everyone can't show compassion to those who lost these people, no matter who was at fault.

  • twoboys Jun 27, 4:13 p.m.

    State troopers said that a southbound Ford Focus crossed the center line and struck an oncoming Toyota vehicle around 9:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 117, between Stuckey and Edmundson Springs Road. The vehicles caught on fire.

    Read CAREFULLY! It says, the ford driver was at fault. No need to point fingers, but if you have to, at least point them in the right direction.

  • Rockermom Jun 27, 3:12 p.m.

    lillypeace, that same comment from you has appeared on other stories from this website. Why don't you run along and watch BBC instead of talking junk when you are doing exactly what you are slamming.

    This is a terrible story and it's nobody's fault but the driver of the Toyota. Could the cell phone message they spoke of in the article have been the distraction?

  • They call me CATMAN Jun 27, 3:05 p.m.

    Praying for the Families.

  • dae66 Jun 27, 12:46 p.m.

    The HP can't be everywhere.

  • LocalYokel Jun 27, 12:42 p.m.

    1. Nothing disrespectful in my previous comment Warrior Spirit Woman. Not mentioning God and expressing sympathy doesn't equal disrespect.

    2. Grown ups misbehave too and enforcing the law is how we address the misbehavior.

    3. Agree that accidents happen but this was not an accident - "speed was a factor"

    I pray that you will start thinking.

  • grnpnd7 Jun 27, 12:36 p.m.

    bjensen8 I am so sorry for your loss; but what a wonderful memory these children will have to carry in their hearts.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 27, 10:58 a.m.

    LY - "Another case of a bad driver taking an innocent life. This bad driver burned bludgeoned and burned another person. Maybe the HP will do a better job of enforcing the laws that keep us safe one day..."

    First of all, I wish all people would wake up and show some respect when a story has run where people lost a loved one.

    Secondly, grown ups shouldn't need the HP to enforce the laws; grown ups should be obeying them to begin with.

    Thirdly, no matter how careful one is, accidents still do happen.

    Praying for those who loved these people.

    Terrible way to die.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 27, 10:56 a.m.

    Terrible way to die.

    Praying for those who loved them.

  • billshannonnnc Jun 27, 10:53 a.m.

    Another case of a bad driver taking an innocent life. This bad driver burned bludgeoned and burned another person. Maybe the HP will do a better job of enforcing the laws that keep us safe one day...
    LocalYokel

    This is a tragic and sad incident. There are no winners. FWIW, I think HP is doing a fine job. It's obvious by the amount of people that come here and complain about a ticket they have received. As a result of this budget that just passed, expect less HP troopers on the road.

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