Deadly days on local roads

Published 10:38 am Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The lead-in to the Thanksgiving holiday proved deadly on Roanoke-Chowan area roads this past weekend where three individuals were killed in two separate accidents.

The first occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Friday along NC 308 near Windsor. There, Robert Lee Bazemore, 35, of Windsor, a passenger in one of the two vehicles involved in the accident, died at the scene.

NC Highway Patrol Trooper C.W. Godwin said the mishap occurred when a 2003 Acura passenger car, driven by 33-year-old Patrick Bond of Lewiston, failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection of NC 308 and Powell and Stokes Road. Bond’s vehicle, traveling south on Powell and Stokes Road prior to the accident, was t-boned in the driver’s side by a 2010 Ford pickup truck, driven by 94-year-old Tim Bazemore Sr. of Windsor, that was westbound on NC 308.

Godwin said that Robert Lee Bazemore was a passenger in Bond’s vehicle, sitting in the back seat (left side) behind the driver.

“That was the side of Mr. Bond’s car that absorbed the brunt of the impact,” Godwin noted.

The Trooper further reported that Bond and another back seat passenger, Damien Gilliam, age 34 of Windsor, were both seriously injured and airlifted from the accident scene to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. There, on Monday afternoon, a Medical Center spokesperson said Gilliam was listed in critical condition, and added there was no one by the name of Patrick Bond listed there as a medical patient.

Taiyon Cherry, 33 of Windsor, a front seat passenger in Bond’s car, was not seriously injured, according to Trooper Godwin. Neither was Tim Bazemore Sr.

Godwin said charges are pending.

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

On Saturday night in Northampton County, two Virginia women died in a single-vehicle accident on US 158.

According to, that accident led to warrants being filed for two counts of second-degree murder.

Sergeant G.M. Moore said Trooper D.L. Edwards of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol also charged William Lawrence Mont, 48, of Blackstone, Virginia, with DWI.

Mont was the driver of the vehicle in a crash which claimed the lives of passengers Jacqueline Yvette Johnson, 50, and Gladys Davis, 80, both of Blackstone.

The single-vehicle crash occurred around 8 p.m. on US 158 about four miles west of Jackson.

Moore said the report by Edwards shows Mont was traveling west on US 158 when he crossed the centerline and ran off the road to the right. The vehicle struck several trees before it overturned.

Mont and another passenger, whose name was not immediately available, were injured in the crash and taken to Vidant in Greenville. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Moore said alcohol use is suspected.

The relationship between the four in the vehicle was not immediately known.