Trooper: Driver May Have Fallen Asleep

PITT COUNTY -- Troopers think a driver might have fallen asleep behind the wheel, leading to a head-on collision.

The crash happened around 3 p.m. Tuesday about five miles south of Greenville on NC 43. Trooper Steven Ziemba says 21-year-old Madison Canady either had a medical condition or fell asleep behind the wheel. Trooper Ziemba says Canady started to veer into traffic and sideswiped one car. The woman driving that vehicle was not hurt.

However, Canady's car continued into oncoming traffic, and hit another vehicle head on. Trooper Ziemba says crews had to cut 35-year-old Marisela Castro Lopez out of her mangled vehicle. She was pinned inside for about 20 minutes. Lopez was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in critical condition. On Wednesday morning, hospital officials listed Lopez in serious condition, which is an improvement.

Canady is charged with reckless driving and driving left of center, according to Trooper Ziemba.

Traffic on NC 43 was blocked in both directions for about an hour while crews cleared the accident scene.

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  • by Just a girl Location: wmst on May 7, 2009 at 04:48 AM
    Hope everyone involved gets well, Thank God there wasn't any deaths.
  • by dominique Location: jacksonville nc on May 6, 2009 at 07:08 PM
    i hope they recover soon
  • by Sam Location: Williamsotn on May 6, 2009 at 08:52 AM
    Hope they get well and remember ppl, if you are that tired, do anything it takes to keep you from falling asleep at the wheel. I came very close to getting in a head on wreck one time with that concrete wall on the south edge of the Alligator River bridge, going East on 64 from Tyrrell into Dare County. It scared me to death and thanks to my wife we managed to avoid hitting the wall and get thrown out of the ride into either the water or the marsh or a tree. That was about 11 pm or so on a winter night, so there was very little traffic on that highway. It is very scary.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on May 6, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    Hope they all recover well.

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