Friday wreck claims life

Published 9:11 am Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WINDSOR – A single vehicle crash late on Good Friday in rural Bertie County claimed one life and sent two others to the hospital.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol reports 27-year-old William Earl Bond, Jr. of 135A Morning Road, Windsor, died at the scene and was pronounced dead at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital where he was transported followed the collision.

Bond was a passenger in a 2006 Dodge Charger driven by Henry Donald Craig, Jr., 27, of 155 Morning Rd. Extension, traveling east on Woodard Road (SR 1500) in a 45 MPH speed zone at approximately 10:20 p.m. when the vehicle ran off the road to the right.  The report states that the car then collided with a mailbox, a tree stump, a driveway culvert, and then struck a tree before finally coming to rest.

Bond was riding in the back-seat of the vehicle along with another passenger, 25-year-old Anquann Harrell, also of Windsor, who was in the front seat.

Craig and Harrell were transported by EastCare to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where the current extent of their injuries is not known.

The Highway Patrol said speed has been determined to be a factor in the collision and alcohol is suspected, barring results of a toxicology test; as the investigation is ongoing.

Craig has been charged with driving while impaired (DWI), reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, and a seat-belt violation.  It is believed none of the people in the vehicle were wearing seat belts.   Other charges could be leveled against Craig pending the outcome of the toxicology tests.

The fatality was the second in Troop A/District-II, composed of Bertie, Hertford, and Gates counties for the year 2015.  It was also the first fatality in Bertie County this year.