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Missing elderly man dies in I-95 wreck in Johnston County

A 79-year-old Virginia man who had gone missing died in a wreck on Interstate 95 early Saturday, state troopers said.

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SMITHFIELD, N.C. — A 79-year-old Virginia man who had gone missing died in a wreck on Interstate 95 early Saturday, state troopers said.

A Mercedes struck the man's Honda SUV when it was stopped in a southbound lane of I-95, near Brogden Road, south of Smithfield around 1 a.m., troopers said.

The man, whose name wasn't released, was taken to WakeMed, where he died. Three occupants of the Mercedes were also taken to WakeMed, including a 49-year-old woman who had serious injuries.

Troopers said the 79-year-old man, who had dementia, was just sitting in the highway with his headlights on. He had been reported missing in northern Virginia about six hours earlier.

No charges have filed. I-95 was closed for about an hour after the wreck.

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