Windsor man killed during Sunday crash

Published 9:40 am Thursday, June 16, 2016

WINDSOR – Two men, two drivers….not far from their respective homes. Neither finished their individual journeys safely this past weekend. Unfortunately, one will never make it home.

Guy Outlaw Watson, 61, of Indian Woods Road, Windsor, tragically lost his life near here Sunday in a two-vehicle accident that the North Carolina Highway Patrol say was his fault.

The accident report, filed by NCHP Trooper J.C. Copeland, showed that Watson was allegedly under the influence of alcohol shortly before 10:30 p.m. on June 12 at which time his 1995 Ford passenger car crossed the center line while southbound on Grabtown Road (RP 1100; 5.2 miles southwest of Windsor).

At the same time, a 2012 Nissan passenger car, driven by 29-year-old Roy Edward Sharpe II, of Deacon Light Church Road, Windsor, was northbound on Grabtown Road. Sharpe’s vehicle was also occupied by his wife and two young children.

“Mr. Sharpe saw what was taking place, with a vehicle crossing over the center line and into his lane of travel, and he began taking evasive action towards the right shoulder of the road to avoid the accident,” said First Sgt. Mike Warren of the NCHP’s Ahoskie office. “However, Mr. Watson’s vehicle kept coming and the two vehicles collided nearly head-on in the northbound lane.”

Warren added that both drivers lived within a few miles of their homes from the accident scene.

Watson pronounced dead at scene.

Sharpe and his two children (ages 2 and 4), both properly buckled up in child restraint seats in the back seat area of the vehicle, were transported by Bertie EMS to Martin General Hospital in Williamston with what Sgt. Warren described as “non life-threatening injuries.”

Sharpe’s wife, 24-year-old Qualeshia Sharpe who was a front seat passenger, was taken to Vidant Bertie Hospital in Windsor from where she was immediately airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

“To the best of my knowledge, it doesn’t appear that Mrs. Sharpe’s injuries were life threatening; I think she was airlifted to Greenville as more of a precautionary measure,” Sgt. Warren stated.

Warren added that all the adults involved in the accident were wearing seat belts. He added that the contributing factors in the accident were alcohol use and driving on the wrong side of the road by Watson.

The fatal crash was the second of its kind in Bertie County this year and the fifth of 2016 in the NCHP’s Troop A / District II area, which also includes Gates and Hertford counties.

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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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