Teen dies in NC 11 accident

Published 11:57 am Tuesday, June 20, 2017

LEWISTON – A 16-year-old, reportedly driving a stolen car, died and four others were injured near here June 15 in a two-vehicle crash on NC 11.

Erica Danielle Dawson of Kinston was killed when the 1998 Oldsmobile passenger car she was operating was struck by a fully loaded log truck 2.4 miles north of Lewiston near the intersection of Moore Road (RP 1203).

The Oldsmobile, registered to Trinette Boone Langley of Rocky Mount, was reported stolen in Greenville on June 13.

According to a report filed by North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper J.C. Copeland, Dawson was behind the wheel of the Oldsmobile at around 9:14 a.m. on Thursday.

That vehicle was northbound on NC 11 at which time it was attempting to pass another vehicle traveling north.

Meanwhile, a commercial 18-wheeler owned by H&L Logging of Plymouth was southbound on NC 11. The driver of that rig – Michael Ray Baggett, 48, of Jamesville – attempted to avoid a head-on crash and veered to the right, according to Copeland’s report.

The car and the log truck sideswiped each other, both on the driver’s side. The log truck ran off the road to the right, where it flipped over on its side, spilling logs into the ditch. The Oldsmobile came to a halt in the middle of the road.

Three teenage passengers in the Oldsmobile – Gabriel Suggs, 17, of Grifton, Marquez Lewis, 19, of Kinston, and

Daveyontae Miller, 15, of Kinston – were injured, as was Baggett.

The extent of their injuries is not known.

The fatality was the ninth of 2017 in the Highway Patrol’s Troop A / District II area (Bertie, Gates and Hertford counties). Four of those have occurred in Bertie County.

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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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