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Troopers: Driver ran stop sign; three injured

Troopers say Benny Jo Ray, 41, sped through a stop sign, ran off the road and overturned a vehicle in Harnett County early Monday. He was in critical condition, and two passengers were hurt as well.

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BUNNLEVEL, N.C. — A one-car wreck early Monday in Harnett County sent three people to hospitals and may result in charges against the driver, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. at Walker and Raynor McLamb roads.

Troopers say the driver, Benny Jo Ray, sped through a stop sign, ran off the road and overturned the vehicle.

He was airlifted to WakeMed in Raleigh with a head injury, authorities said, and was in critical condition.

Charges were pending against Ray, 41, of Lillington. Troopers said they believe drugs or alcohol might have been a factor in the crash.

Two passengers in the vehicle were also injured.

Darrell Lee Hicks, 43, of Bunnlevel, was airlifted to UNC Hospitals and was in serious condition, officials said.

Susan Boyd, 47, of Linden, was taken to Betsy Johnson Hospital and was in stable condition.

Authorities charged her with allowing an unlicensed driver, Ray, to drive her vehicle, allowing Ray to drive her vehicle without insurance and for having improper tags on her vehicle.

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