Five injured in Tuesday wreck

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 25, 2004

AHOSKIE – A Colerain women is listed in critical condition and four others sustained injuries near here Tuesday night during a three-vehicle accident on US 13 at the Stony Creek bridge.

Meanwhile, the person allegedly responsible for causing the 9:18 p.m. accident was arrested and taken to the Hertford County Jail on charges of DWI and felony hit-and-run.

According to a report filed by North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper S.A. Mize, Cecil White, 55, of Ahoskie was charged in the accident, one that caused a combined $23,000 in damages.

White, operating a 1999 Ford, was traveling north on US 13 in the area of the Stony Creek bridges. There, he allegedly crossed the center line and struck a 2002 Toyota operated by Evelyn Cale Capehart, 51, of Colerain. With his vehicle still operating left of center, White’s SUV then struck a 2003 Ford operated by Sara Biggs, 16, of Hertford.

Biggs was following Capehart as both vehicles were traveling south on US 13.

Capehart was airlifted by EastCare to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. EastCare was summoned to land at the old Stony Creek Mobile Home Park, located near the scene of the accident.

Trooper Mize’s report revealed that White was apparently attempting to drive away from the accident scene, despite the fact that his vehicle’s left front tire was torn off during impact. White drove his vehicle, leaving a noticeable &uot;rim mark&uot; on the roadway, approximately 250 yards north of the scene of the crash before it stopped just short of the intersection of US 13 and the DT Road.

White was taken to jail under a $10,500 bond.

Injured were Janice Capehart, 53, and Beulah Outlaw, 58, both of Colerain, each a passenger in E. Capehart’s vehicle, and 16-year-old Kellie Osborne of Elizabeth City, a passenger in Biggs’ vehicle.

Damages were $10,000 to Capehart’s car, $5,000 to Biggs’ vehicle and $8,000 to White’s SUV.

US 13 was closed for over 90 minutes as emergency responders – Hertford County EMS, Hertford County Sheriff’s Office, Ahoskie Fire Department and Ahoskie Police Department – worked the accident scene.