NEW INFO: Motorist Injured Driving Past Barricade Into Washed-Out Road

A 19 year-old is in fair condition after driving into a 10 foot hole that developed after flood waters washed out a portion of a roadway.

It happened on Jones Road in the Martin County town of Jamesville Friday afternoon.

Highway Patrol troopers say Simon Arrants drove past a barricade and drove more than 60 miles per hour into the hole. Troopers say Arrants was thrown through the windshield of the vehicle and suffered severe head injuries.

Neighbors say the pipe underneath the road has failed twice, causing the road to collapse. D.O.T engineers say the water line problem is one that has to be resolved before they can repair and reopen the road.

Court records show Arrants has been charged with driving by person less than 21 years old after consuming alcohol or drugs, reckless driving to endanger, driving on a closed/unopened highway, and driving left of center.


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  • by not all of us are dumb Location: Jamesville on Nov 27, 2009 at 08:41 PM
    To ANONYMOUS, Charlie Ray : Please do not make all people from Jamesville look stupid. Try to spell your words right. "NCCOURTS.ORG Why do you all even go to that sight" The correct spelling is site.
  • by Anonymous Location: Jamesville on Nov 22, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    NCCOURTS.ORG Why do you all even go to that sight? Are your life's really that dull, you have to go see what others have done?
  • by Jamesville Student on Nov 19, 2009 at 05:59 AM
    I think it's pitiful how people on this website volunteer opinions that are so hurtful. I am a friend of Simon's and even though he made a simple mistake gives none of you a legitimate reason to trash him. I must have been badly mistaken when I was taught that no one on Earth is perfect. For those of you who constantly criticize this family my prayers are with you. On a positive note, Simon is doing better. No thanks to your prayers or concern. To the positive posts on this website, thanks for all your support. This family needs it right now.
  • by NC Resident Location: North Carolina on Nov 18, 2009 at 05:21 PM
    Mr. Arrants did receive a citation for DWI while under the age of 21. He received several citations that day....and so did some of family members. Go to NCCOURTS.ORG....to verify these facts...this is a public site anyone can go.....All this does not change the fact a young man is injured because he made poor judgement....something we can all say we have done....after the fact...Please pray for him and his family and may he have a speedy recover. Last and not least may all his peers learn something from this
  • by Heather, Ally, and Brittany Location: Martin Co on Nov 18, 2009 at 04:42 PM
    okay. he was a really close friend to us and he wasnt drunk. and even if he did do something illegal that is really none of all the people who had something nasty to say's opinion. He is NOT ur child, ur are NOT going through the pain of having him hurt. We understand that he broke the law, but no one is perfect and no one can judge him, thats God's job, and don't act like you havent either. Everyone makes mistakes, so he made one, he is paying the price, his family doesnt need your mouth. so if you dont have anything nice to say then dont say anything at ALL!!! thanks. prayers go out to the family. PS....We love you simon!
  • by Concerned on Nov 18, 2009 at 02:26 PM
    How quickly we tend to forget that we've all done some things that weren't right! All of you judges on this blog need to stop throwing comments out there that you may have to reap through your children or loved ones. No....I am not wishing that on you, just hoping you'll realize that no one wants their child talked about the way some of you have chosen to do. I hope WITN looses some viewers for allowing such blogs!
  • by asdfjkl; on Nov 18, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    he was NOT drunk and have you been down the jones road? it doesn't come remotely close to blocking the ENTIRE road.
  • by Ashlie Location: Jamesville on Nov 18, 2009 at 09:00 AM
    Can anyone give us an update on how Simon is doing? I hope he is recovering well. Please let us know.
  • by SARS Location: Pitt County on Nov 18, 2009 at 07:57 AM
    I bet the same people that complain that a deputy should have been babysitting the sign are the same people that would complain if something else happened in he county and it took a while for deputies to respond. They would then say "If they hadn't been sitting beside a road closed sign they could have gotten to the wreck, break in or whatever." These same people probably complain about crimes not being solved but deputies should babysit a sign?! Come on people, we have got to start taking resposibility for our own actions. I hope this young man recovers and his friends learn a valuable lesson.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 at 05:15 AM
    You all can get mad all you want but the facts are very clear. He did something ILLEGAL and stupid. If you have a beef with anyone, take it up with WITN for putting his story on the news.... oh wait, that's their job! It's really a very simple choice, don't read the comments if it bothers you that much.
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