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NEW INFO: Murder Warrant In Deadly 100+ MPH Crash

Troopers say they have a murder warrant out for a man they say was behind the wheel in this weekend's deadly crash in Beaufort County.

Sgt. Tim Crumpler says Adam Simpkins is wanted for second degree murder. Crumpler says Simpkins is on the run, having fled from the wreck early Sunday morning.

The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. on Highway 33 east, near the Beaufort-Pitt County line.

Killed in the crash was Samuel Jones, 25, of Washington. He died at the scene, while two others were injured.

Sgt. Crumpler says drugs played a part in the crash, with one of the survivors telling them all four men were smoking marijuana when the crash happened.

The North Carolina Department of Corrections has a criminal record listed for 24-year-old Adam Simpkins, dating back to 2001. The online records show Simpkins had two convictions for speeding to elude arrest, as well as drug offenses, assault on a female, hit and run, resisting an officer, breaking and entering and larceny. The website lists a June 2009 conviction for possession and shows Simpkins received a suspended sentence and probation.


The North Carolina Highway Patrol has released the names of all involved in the accident early Sunday morning on Highway 33 East just off the Beaufort County line.

Highway Patrol says Samuel David Jones, 25, of Washington was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rodney Albritton, 20, of Washington is listed in serious condition at PCMH according to Sgt. Tim Crumpler.

And Ronald Campbell, 20, of Washington was treated and released from Beaufort Medical Center.

Sgt. Crumpler says there was another person in the car at the time of the accident but so far he has not been located. That person is Adam Simpkins, 24 of Washington. His whereabouts are unknown as of Sunday afternoon.

Sgt. Crumpler tells WITN that some of the occupants of the car admitted to marijuana use.

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One person is dead, and two others remain hospitalized with serious injuries after an early morning car crash Sunday.

Sergeant Tim Crumpler of the Highway Patrol said the crash happened around 2:30 Sunday morning on Highway 33 East just off the Beaufort County line.

The names of the people involved have not been released.

WITN spoke with Sergeant Crumpler Sunday afternoon, and an update on the crash is expected before 4:00 p.m.

Authorities say the vehicle was clocked at more than 100 miles per hour just seconds before if flipped several times. Officials say all three passengers were ejected from the car and drugs were involved, but no word yet on whether alcohol was a factor in the single car crash.

One survivor was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The other was taken to Beaufort County Hospital.


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