Teen dies in Sunday accident

Published 8:28 am Tuesday, February 13, 2024

MURFREESBORO – A Sunday morning accident here on Main Street resulted in the death of a teenager.

Murfreesboro Police Chief David Griffith said the accident, reported at 10:16 am, occurred when the driver, eastbound on Main Street (US 158/258 Business) lost control of their vehicle.

Griffith said the driver, Alicia Toriano, age 40 of Woodland, first stuck the rear of a 2006 Chevrolet truck while in the process of passing that vehicle near the intersection of Main Street and Spring Avenue. He said that collision caused minimal damage to the truck.

He added that upon completing the pass, Toriano’s vehicle, a 2018 Jeep SUV, veered to the right, impacting a power pole. The Jeep, he said, continued eastbound, striking three other power poles before coming to rest, overturned off the street, just past the intersection.

A passenger in the Jeep, a 16-year-old male, was ejected. Despite CPR efforts on the scene, the teen died as result of his injuries.

Toriano was trapped in the wreckage. She was freed by first responders on the scene and transported by Hertford County EMS to ECU Health Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie and later taken to ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville.

The extent of her injuries is not known. Griffith said she remained hospitalized as of Monday afternoon.

Griffith added that Main Street, at the accident scene, was closed until later in the day as crews from Dominion Energy, BrightSpeed, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation worked to replace power poles, wires, and signage.

Griffith said the cause of the accident remains under investigation, which is being handled by the Murfreesboro Police with assistance from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

“Our hearts go out to the family whose loved ones were involved in this tragic accident,” Griffith said.

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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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