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Two killed in head-on collision in Nash County

Posted July 5, 2011
Updated July 6, 2011

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— A driver traveling the wrong way on a Nash County highway died early Tuesday when, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said, his vehicle collided with a car carrying three teenage girls, killing one and injuring the other two.

Authorities said they believe both drivers had been drinking.

The wreck happened around 2 a.m. on U.S. Highway 64 near Frazier Road, about 4 miles southwest of Spring Hope.

A 34-year-old man was driving a 1989 Honda westward in the eastbound lanes when he hit a 2000 Chevrolet carrying three 17-year-old girls, Highway Patrol Sgt. David Wainwright said.

The man's name was not released, pending notification of his family. Beer cans could be seen on the floor of his wrecked car, along with a malt beverage behind the steering wheel.

Multiple motorists called 911 reporting the vehicle traveling in the wrong direction, including a woman who followed from the other side of the highway in the eastbound lane.

Wrong-way driver, teen die in Nash County crash Wrong-way driver, teen die in Nash County crash

Troopers from Rocky Mount were dispatched to look for the wrong-way driver when the woman called 911 again, saying that, at one point, he appeared to be going at least 90-95 mph.

"I don't know how many accidents he's almost been in," she said. "I just want to make sure the cops understand how fast he's going, and we're already almost 12 miles down the road from when I first called them."

She was on the phone with 911 when the two vehicles collided.

Despite the speed, investigators said speed was not the determining factor in the wreck.

The back-seat passenger in the Chevrolet, Brianna McLaughlin, of Rocky Mount, died in the crash, troopers said. She was not wearing a seat belt.

The Chevrolet's driver, Paige Toelke, of Nashville, and front-seat passenger, Leigh Bulluck, of Rocky Mount, were taken to WakeMed with serious injuries. They were both wearing seat belts, troopers said.

Toelke, a rising senior at Northern Nash High School, was listed in critical condition, and Bulluck, a rising senior at Rocky Mount Academy, was listed in fair condition Tuesday morning.

It's unclear if Toelke's passengers had been drinking as well.

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  • Dogs_Rules Jul 6, 2011

    With three daughters of my own, I can’t begin to imagine what her parents are going through. It feels like my prayers are like junk mail lately, but I will pray just the same. It just seems to me that other agencies (local and County) could have been dispatched as well. If there was a man walking through Bunn shooting indiscriminately, you bet there would be State, local and County Officers in pursuit.

  • johnny2times Jul 5, 2011

    prayers for all involved..

  • JustSayinToo Jul 5, 2011

    My heart goes out to ALL families involved in this tragic incident! This was a car accident, that may or may not have been prevented. The result is that two people lost their lives, leaving their friends and families mourning. Two other young ladies are in the hospital and both are going to have to endure the pain knowing that their friend was killed. Please pray for these families and for all of the LEO, Fire and Rescue men and women who worked this accident. This is not something that they can all brush off their shoulder. Please pray for the lady on the 911 tape, she must have seen this whole event occur. Everyone needs your prayers for comfort, the families of all involved do NOT deserve the disrespect some of you are showing.

  • neog13 Jul 5, 2011

    hte dric=ver from the honda was not drunk those berr cans was there before, he was undermedications and he drive because he came to work in virginia.please not think he is a monster,show some respect for his memory.

  • lilladybugo2 Jul 5, 2011

    Show some respect people.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families.

  • gnewsome1 Jul 5, 2011

    "correction... If you don't have anything nice to say, DON'T SAY ANYTHING!" Totally agree. It would put an end to GOLO.

  • neog13 Jul 5, 2011

    Good afternoon, let me start saying am so sorry for what happen,My condolences to the other family,cause is a teenager who die.i understan the pain and the suffer of this family have now.a young life end,by a mistake.but no one,can say anything until the doctors confirm,if boht are intoxicated.i only ask for some respect,and prays for both families.

  • Desiderata Jul 5, 2011

    The best we can do is to pray for those involved,family and friends, I hope and pray it never happens again.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jul 5, 2011

    Yes! Smoke, smoke, smoke those cigarettes! They are so dangerous to others!

  • pinball wizard Jul 5, 2011

    That was a brave citizen calling in. She and LEO tried everything to stop the maniac.

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