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UPDATE: Martin County Fatal Accident Suspect Released From Hospital, Arrested

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A man troopers say is responsible for a fatal accident in Martin County is out of the hospital and behind bars.

The Highway Patrol says that 33-year-old Gary James was released from Vidant Medical Center around 11 p.m. Saturday night and was arrested. James is currently being held in the Bertie County-Martin Regional Jail on a $250,000 secured bond.

Troopers say just before 6 a.m. Saturday morning, James ran a stop sign on Vanderford Road and crashed into a truck being driven by Thomas Bundy. Bundy died at the scene, according to officials.

Charges are pending against James for this accident. Troopers say alcohol use is suspected.

Troopers say that Bundy’s wife, Peggy, and son, Jesse, have both been released from the hospital and are recovering at home from injuries they sustained in the wreck.

In a separate case, on Friday, Robersonville Police say that they arrested James and charged him with DWI. Officials with the department say James was released later that evening, hours before the fatal accident Saturday morning.

James has a first appearance scheduled for tomorrow morning.

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A man who has charges pending against him for a fatal accident that killed one on Saturday, was charged by police with DWI and released the evening prior.

Robersonville Police confirm that they arrested 33-year-old Gary James on Friday around 6 p.m. and charged him with DWI. Officials would not comment on the circumstances of the arrest nor the conditions of his release.

Around 6 a.m. Saturday morning, the Highway Patrol says that James would drive through a stop sign in Martin County and crash into a truck driven by Thomas Bundy.

Bundy would die at the scene, while his wife Peggy and son Jesse Bundy were taken to the hospital.

Charges are pending in the fatal accident.

Robersonville Police expect to have more information on Monday.

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The Highway Patrol says that a man is dead after another driver blew through a stop sign in Martin County just before 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

Trooper Brian Allen says that 33-year-old Gary James of Robersonville was driving around 55 mph north on Vanderford Road when he ran a stop sign. Trooper Allen says that James crashed into the driver side of a 1994 Ford truck driven by 48-year-old Thomas Bundy of Robersonville, who was driving west on Grimes Road.

Bundy died at the scene according to officials.

Also injured in the truck was Bundy’s wife and son, 49-year-old Peggy and 17-year-old Jesse Bundy. Both were taken to Martin General Hospital. Peggy Bundy was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center.

James was also airlifted from Martin General Hospital to Vidant Medical Center with a head injury.

Trooper Allen says that charges are pending against James and that alcohol use is suspected.


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