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Woman killed in Clayton wreck

Posted April 19, 2015
Updated April 20, 2015

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— One woman was killed Sunday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash on N.C. Highway 42 near Interstate 40 in Clayton, authorities said.

Robert Dees of Apex was speeding as he tried to merge his Ford F-150 pickup into a line of eastbound traffic as the highway went from four lanes down to two, authorities said. He lost control of the truck, which ended up sideways in the westbound lane, where it was struck by a Hyundai SUV driven by Stefanie McCartney, 34, of Clayton.

McCartney died in the crash. Her daughter, 12-year-old Emaleigh McCartney, suffered severe injuries, but authorities said they don't appear to be life-threatening.

A utility trailer Dees was pulling detached from the pickup, and an eastbound Chevrolet Tahoe struck it, authorities said. Five people were in the Tahoe, but none was injured.

Dees, who suffered severe, but not-life-threatening injuries, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and careless and reckless driving, authorities said.


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  • Doug Stanton May 1, 2015
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    I live in the area and see inconsiderate drivers everyday speeding from the stoplight in front of the 40/42 WalMart in the right lane - endangering others so they can be a few seconds earlier for their appointment. The same happens just after the Clayton Bypass bridge on 42 just before the hospital - the left land abruptly ends - aggressive drivers have run over the warning flag posts in the road to beat the line of cars - again, just to be a few seconds early for an appointment. So very sad this 12 year old girl will no longer have a mother because of another person's inability to be patient and show some control while driving. Very, very sad!!

  • Robert Thompson Apr 20, 2015
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    Jeff, why are you so angry?

  • Jeff Abbott Apr 20, 2015
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    +1 on the turn signal. That's when they get a heavy dose of my car horn and middle finger. No regard for others on the road to even be bothered letting them know you are turning. Talk about selfish. Maybe it's because of all the sweet tea and Bojangles they eat.

  • Michael Hunt Apr 20, 2015
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    Selfish people do this all the time. There is plenty of warning that this lane ends. Yet waiting in line like everyone else, some choose to put their own desire to "be first" and cut others off without any regard to being a decent, courteous driver. Meanwhile everyone ELSE has to slow down and brake. And these Southerners have no clue what a TURN SIGNAL is.

  • Joey Brandt Apr 20, 2015
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    This is awful! I'm so sick of people driving like this. Vehicles are dangerous and people ignore the consequences of driving aggressively.

    Slow down people!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't you think people are driving "slow" or more cautious for a reason? We carry out kids in the car. We have kids!! Others have kids!!! We want to be alive and keep them alive. Respect the road and the people on it.

  • Ben Sanders Apr 20, 2015
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    Ticketing people who don't move out of the passing lane for faster traffic would be a real good start.

  • Fred Kozlof Apr 20, 2015
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    I'm going to pile on to the 'Pickup truck drivers are aggressive and intimidating' theme here. Sadly this tragic result shows that. I am often harassed by a huge truck grill on my back bumper...and I'm not one to doddle. Somehow police need to figure out how to correct such aggressive behavior.

  • Dorinda Hayes Apr 20, 2015
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    I know it doesn't take a pick up truck, I just see it a lot, and I see taligaters all the time to. They are not from out of town around here. Tailgating is so dangerous and irresponsibe, and I believe is the number one cause of accidents

  • Lisa Marie Fields Apr 20, 2015
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    It don't take someone driving a pick up truck to drive stupid. I see it everyday on 95, trucks, cars, motorcycles, and once in a while a big truck. Most of the speeders and tailgaters are from out of state.

  • Dorinda Hayes Apr 20, 2015
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    I sure see a lot of them acting stupid and not caring about others lives, like the one that ran the guy on the moped off the road on old stage rd, this week, and killed him. Saw a wreck on 40 yesterday, and as soon as they let people start moving, the guy in the truck beside me took off flying. It was pouring rain, and he was stupid to realize he could easily cause another wreck being so uncaring of everybody around him. So sorry for those involved in this accident, and the sad loss of like. I don't know what happened, but I do agree with you Jeff, because I see it all the time. So sorry for this young lady.