Virginia man dies in Bertie crash

Published 6:08 pm Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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WINDSOR – A two-vehicle accident near here Friday afternoon resulted in the death of a Virginia man.

Deonte Bryant, 39, of Newport News, VA lost his life in the crash, which occurred shortly before 1 p.m. on US 13 less than one-half mile south of the NC 305 intersection.

In his accident report, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper J.V. Reid showed that Bryant was operating a 2019 Kia passenger car southbound on US 13.

Meanwhile, a 2010 Ford SUV, driven by 65-year-old Richard Bell Jr. of Murfreesboro, was northbound on US 13.

Reid’s report stated that Bryant’s vehicle traveled left of center in a curve, crossing into the path of Bell’s vehicle. The two vehicles collided.

Following impact, Bryant’s car came to rest, partially in the roadway. Bell’s SUV traveled off the road to the right, crossed a ditch and came to rest in a field.

Bryant died at the scene.

Bell and his passenger, 55-year-old Yolanda Ross of Murfreesboro, were seriously injured, according to NCHP Sgt. K.R. Briggs. He said Bell was airlifted by EastCare to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Ross was transported by Bertie County EMS to Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie.

Briggs added that US 13 was blocked for two hours.

The motor vehicle fatality was the 13th of the year in the NCHP’s Troop A / District II area (Bertie, Gates and Hertford counties). Two of those fatalities have occurred in Bertie County.

About Cal Bryant

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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