Thursday wreck claims one life

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 28, 2004

MURFREESBORO – Alcohol consumption has been listed as a contributing factor to a fatal wreck that occurred near here Thursday afternoon.

Joyce Miller, 70, of Murfreesboro lost her life when the vehicle in which she was a passenger was broad sided by an SUV that allegedly failed to stop for the traffic signal at NC 11 and the Murfreesboro bypass (US 158).

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper Steve Mize charged Selma Vaughan Majette, 67, of Ahoskie with driving while impaired and driving while license were revoked. Other charges are pending.

Majette was operating a 1998 Dodge SUV – registered to Educational Consultation and Diagnostic Services – traveling west on US 158. She was alone in the vehicle.

At the traffic signal at the NC 11 intersection, Majette’s vehicle made impact with a 1970 Chevrolet pick-up truck, driven by Henry Lewis Miller, 74, of Murfreesboro. His wife (Joyce) was a passenger.

The pick-up truck was struck near the passenger’s side door.

Upon impact, Miller’s truck, which had been traveling north on NC 11, ran off the left side of the intersection and came to rest down a slight embankment near the edge of small stand of pine trees.

Majette’s vehicle, which suffered an estimated $8,000 in damage, came to rest in the roadway.

Mrs. Miller’s death was the 26th fatality of the year on Roanoke-Chowan area roadways.

The Hertford County Sheriff’s Office and Murfreesboro Police handled traffic around the accident scene. Hertford County EMS and the Murfreesboro Fire Department also responded to the scene.