Pedestrian killed on US 17 / 13

Published 1:37 pm Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WILLIAMSTON – For the second time in two months, a pedestrian has been struck and killed on US 17/13 in Bertie County in an area known as the “Williamston Field.”

The latest victim is 26-year-old Montrell Carmon of Robersonville. He lost his life at around 4:30 a.m. Monday while walking north in the northbound lane with his back to approaching traffic.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper K.R. Genao said Carmon was wearing dark clothing.

“That made it hard for the pedestrian to be seen, especially at that time of the early morning before sunrise,” Genao said.

Genao’s accident report revealed that Carmon was struck from behind by a 2004 Toyota passenger car, driven by Matthew McDonald, 22, of Burlington, that was headed north on US 17/13.

“Mr. McDonald stopped and exited his vehicle in an effort to warn oncoming traffic of what had just transpired,” Genao said. “Despite his efforts, Mr. Carman’s body, which was in the lane of travel, was struck one, perhaps two additional times by vehicles, which did not stop.”

Genao praised the assistance of the Williamston Police Department who left their jurisdiction to assist in closing down the northbound lane of the four-lane highway. The northbound lane was closed for nearly five hours.

“They (Williamston PD) were a big help, as were the Williamston and Bertie EMS crews,” Genao stated.

No charges have been filed in the deadly mishap, the 10th of the year in Bertie County.

The accident occurred approximately 1.3 miles north of the Martin County line. That was roughly the same area where 29-year-old Victoria Little of Williamston was found lying deceased in the northbound lane on Aug. 10. It was determined that Little was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.

The evidence collected at the scene of that accident was not enough to identify the make and model of the vehicle that struck Little.

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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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