Local News

2 Charged in Wreck, Subsequent Fight

Posted April 23, 2007 11:51 a.m. EDT
Updated April 23, 2007 11:56 a.m. EDT

— Police on Monday said they would charge two men in connection with a weekend wreck on U.S. Highway 70 that injured a girl and the fight between the two drivers after the crash.

Benitez Pereyra, 32, will be charged with felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury and with failure to secure a passenger under age 16, Wilson's Mills Police Chief Steve Little said.

Pereyra's vehicle was struck Saturday after a vehicle driven by Simon Whysall ran a red light on U.S. Highway 70 at Swift Creek Road, Little said. Pereyra's 9-year-old daughter was ejected from her father's vehicle and suffered a fractured skull, police said.

The girl was listed in stable condition at Duke University Hospital Monday.

Whysall, of Goldsboro, will be charged with running a red light, Little said.

After the wreck, Pereyra jumped out of his vehicle and beat up Whysall, leaving him with six broken bones in his face, police said. Whysall also suffered minor injuries from the accident.