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Woman killed in Sampson County accident

Posted December 8, 2013

— A Sampson County woman was killed Sunday afternoon in a collision as she was trying to turn at a Dunn intersection.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Kimberly Baggett, 53, of Godwin, was hit by a vehicle shortly before 5 p.m. as she was turning left from Strickland Road onto Mingo Church Road.

Investigators said Baggett had failed to stop at a stop sign when Kenneth Stephens, who had the right of way and was traveling north on Mingo Church Road, hit her vehicle.

Stephens and a passenger in his vehicle, Brandy Ardillo, were taken to Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, authorities said.

The Highway Patrol said Stephens was cited for driving while impaired and driving with a revoked license.


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  • caseystephens24 Dec 10, 2013

    I am the son of Kenny Stephens I am sorry to the family that lost there mom and friend this been hard for me to know that it's was my dad who this to your family he was drinking and driving so I still feel it could went different if had he had not been It's sad say but I think he should be in trouble for what he did has done this to many times I am going start a program for my school about drinking an driving I am so sorry for your lost If there anything I can do for the family and love ones you call or text 704-340-5271

  • Packy Dec 9, 2013

    I have a suggestion... let us worry less about location and more about there being a tragic and senseless death. Prayers and thoughts for the family.

  • quacktalker Dec 9, 2013


    This occured in Sampson County in an area where the nearest post office is Dunn (28334) so the addresses in this area are Dunn even though they are in Sampson County. This is also the case with Godwin (28344). The township of Godwin is in Cumberland County, but it is the closest post office to some areas of Sampson County making those addresses Godwin. If you think this is confusing, try paying vehicle property taxes in one of these areas and then you receive another bill from Cumberland or Harnett Counties also!

    P.s.: This wreck occured just north of Sampson Cotton Gin (previously A.B.J.'s) if you are familiar with that.

  • kmvugrinec Dec 9, 2013

    The accident was in Sampson County but that exact accident address has a Dunn mailing address. Her mailing address might be Godwin but she might very well live in Sampson County. Depends on where the post office lines are drawn.

  • stewartd11 Dec 9, 2013

    That part of Sampson County uses a Dunn zip code and a Godwin zip code. The wreck occurred in the Dunn zip code, but she probably lived in the Godwin zip code which would show as her address on her driver's license.

  • ARCOP223 Dec 9, 2013

    It should be a law, that anyone caught driving while suspended/revoked, there car shall be impounded for no less than 10 day's.

    She was from Sampson County, and the crash was in Sampson County. Don't let the fact that zip codes cross county lines confuse you.

  • edfunkhouser Dec 9, 2013

    Folks, Dunn is in Harnett County. Godwin is in Cumberland County. Now was this a "Sampson County woman" or a "Sampson County Accident?" Or Both. Or, more likely, neither.

  • thinkin out loud Dec 9, 2013

    So maybe Stephens had the right of way but he was not suppose to be on the road for 2 reasons, his license is revoked and he is impaired. So remove him from this equation and Bagget is still alive. And you cannot say if it wasn't Stephens it would have been someone else. He was the one occupying that space at that time and had he not been impaired might he have had a faster reaction time and the outcome be different????

    Very sad all the way around though.