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Two motorcyclists seriously injured in Sanford wreck

Posted August 6, 2010
Updated August 7, 2010

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— A man and a woman riding a motorcycle were injured in a three-vehicle wreck in Sanford Friday night, police said.

The wreck report states that Teresa Ann Mingus had a green light when she eased her 1994 Chrysler car into an intersection to make a left turn from South Horner Boulevard onto East Seawell Street. When the light turned yellow, Mingus turned left into the path of an oncoming motorcycle on Seawell.

Earle Lippert Smith, 50, braked and swerved to avoid the Chrysler, but he and his passenger, Cynthia Oquinn Smith, 46, were thrown from the motorcycle, according to the wreck report. Cynthia Smith struck an SUV that had stopped in the left turning lane behind the Chrysler.

Earl Smith and Cynthia Smith, both of New Hill, suffered serious injuries and were flown to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. On Saturday afternoon, he was listed in critical condition, and she was in fair condition.

Charges were pending against Mingus, 48, of 514 Frazier Drive in Sanford, the wreck report states.


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