Pinehurst man charged in fatal road rage case
Posted October 24, 2008 7:40 a.m. EDT
Updated October 24, 2008 4:16 p.m. EDT
Sanford, N.C. — Authorities charged a Pinehurst man with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a wreck that that left a Brunswick County woman dead, the highway patrol said.
The Highway Patrol said the case involved road rage with parties in two vehicles making gestures toward each other.
Gregory Starvick, 52, is accused of swerving his pickup truck into another lane of U.S. Highway 15/501 Thursday at about 6 p.m. The swerving caused driver Timothy Fox, 18, to swerve his sport utility vehicle.
Both vehicles veered off the road but did not touch, officials said.
Fox over-corrected, and his SUV overturned. The wreck threw two passengers from tthe vehicle. One of those passengers, Kristi Riggins, 18, of Supply, died, authorities said.
Other SUV passengers – Christopher Garcia, 17, of Lillington, and Matia McCauley, 17, of Sanford – were transported by helicopter to UNC Hospitals. Their conditions were unknown.
Fox, of Sanford, was treated at the Central Carolina Hospital in Lee County and released.
The official cause of the crash was over-steering and inattention to the road, the highway patrol said.