Man Airlifted To Hospital After Wreck

A man was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center Sunday afternoon after he wrecked his vehicle in Bertie County.

Highway Patrol says 66-year-old Lonnie Byrd, Jr. of Aulander was driving on Highway 305 near Burden Fire Rd. when he went around a curve too fast and ran off the road to the right. His vehicle then went into a ditch, hit a cement drainage pipe, went airborne, and then collided with a tree.

Troopers say Byrd will be charged with exceeding a safe limit at a curb and failing to wear a seat belt.


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  • by Gezzz Location: NC on Mar 5, 2012 at 09:28 PM
    I'm not from here, so how would I know what a Vidant is. People do have to drive from place to place. Wake Med is in wake county. Duke is Duke. UNC is at UNC. Vidant has nothing to do with Greenville, Pitt County or the Eastern North Carolina.
  • by Mewho8 Location: Windsor Nc on Mar 5, 2012 at 08:33 PM
    I can't believe some of u a man was in his car that was flipped in a tree and instead of praying for him ur arguing about a name of a hospital and the president shame on u all sounds like u. Need prayers 2 smh
  • by Blame Obama Location: Morehead on Mar 5, 2012 at 03:57 PM
    Well hope's hes ok and very lucky Obama care did not take affect yet . They would of used a little red wagon instead of airlift.
  • by Vidant employee Location: Edenton on Mar 4, 2012 at 06:58 PM
    Vidant Medical Center is Pitt. It will not be knowna as any other name. Other entities will be Vidant Bertie, Vidant Chowan, etc.
  • by name it right Location: ENC on Mar 4, 2012 at 04:23 PM
    A man was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center. Which one? The one in Bertie, Greenville, Where????? A friend of mone was in a wreck. The cop could not tell us what hospital he was taking to. All he knew was Vidant. So tell me WHY its not Vidint Pitt Hospital. You go on Vidant web site it names all the other hospitals with the County that they are in. Vidant name is a pain in the kisser.
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      by REM on Mar 5, 2012 at 04:55 AM in reply to name it right
      Pitt County Memorial was the starting place of the entire hospital system, hence why it's called the medical "center". The name fits.
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      by Whoa! on Mar 5, 2012 at 05:51 AM in reply to name it right
      Let me assure you "name it right", if someone is airlifted from a MVC scene, they will not be going to Bertie. Vidant Medical Centre in Greenville is the only trauma centre. That's where they will be going.
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        by Not true on Mar 5, 2012 at 08:53 PM in reply to Whoa!
        Many times the victim is transported to the nearest facility and then airlifted from there to "Vidant Medical Center." The one and only true LMAO center!
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      by Ward on Mar 5, 2012 at 06:26 AM in reply to name it right
      There is only one Vidant Medical Center which is located in Greenville. All the other hospitals are basically known as Vidant plus their county of location ( an exception will be Vidant Beaufort and Vidant Pungo due to both are in Beaufort county)
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        by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2012 at 01:04 PM in reply to Ward
        also the outer banks hospital didn't take on the vidant name it remained te same.
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      by SERIOUSLY? on Mar 5, 2012 at 07:51 AM in reply to name it right
      You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Had you been following along with what the news was saying about VMC and the (sister) hospitals, you would understand. Please, read up about it before you start acting like you just did.
  • by Mewho8 Location: Windsor Nc on Mar 4, 2012 at 01:16 PM
    I was there before the police and rescue got there it was scary my husband and father in law along with a group of people helped comfort and calm him down It was amazing to see everyone working together before help got there the troopers fire and rescue did and amazing job god bless those who helped
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