Published 10:32 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017
A pair of unrelated motor vehicle accidents over the weekend turned deadly, separately claiming the lives of a local teen and a military veteran who had served tours of duty in the fight against global terrorism.
On Friday afternoon, an 18-year-old Gaston woman died and the driver of the vehicle was airlifted for further treatment following a single-vehicle crash on NC 35 in Northampton County.
Trooper J.T. Keeter of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said the crash occurred around 3:15 p.m. between Severn and Pendleton.
Lindsey Netro, who died in the crash, was a front seat passenger in a vehicle driven by 16-year-old Justina Pablo of Severn.
Keeter said Pablo’s vehicle ran off the road, causing the driver to overcorrect and lose control, and the vehicle flipped several times.
Both occupants were wearing seatbelts.
Keeter attributed the crash to driver error and the cause remains under investigation.
A determination of whether charges will be filed against the driver is pending the completion of the investigation.
Early Sunday morning, a Gates County man died in a single car crash in Hertford County.
Aaron Bradley Eure, 31, of Gates, a former U.S. Marine who had pulled tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, was killed in the accident that occurred on RP 1108 between the NC 561 intersection and Roanoke-Chowan Community College.
According to a report filed by NC Highway Patrol Trooper J.S. Archer, Eure was operating a 2017 Ford Mustang southbound on RP 1108 at around 1:22 a.m.
The accident report showed that the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, at which time the driver overcorrected. That caused the car to travel, out of control, back across the centerline and off the left shoulder. The car initially impacted a ditchbank, causing it to overturn several times before crashing into a tree on the driver’s side.
Trooper Archer said Eure was not wearing a seatbelt and was pinned inside the car. He died at the scene.
A passenger in the car, 27-year-old John Morris Jr. of Ahoskie, was injured. He was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
Archer’s report noted that speed was a contributing factor in the fatal crash.
Sunday’s fatality was the first of 2017 in the Highway Patrol’s Troop A / District II area (Bertie, Gates and Hertford counties).