One Dead, Two Others Hurt In Craven County Head-On Crash

One person is dead, and two others hurt after a head-on collision in Craven County Friday.

It happened around lunchtime on Highway 55 near Broad Creek Road.

Dead is 65-year-old Carolyn Tarlton of Zebulon who was a passenger in the pickup truck. The woman's husband, Joseph, is still at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Troopers say 21-year-old Edward Servin of Bayboro was driving a Pontiac when it crossed the center line and struck the couple's truck.

He's been charged with driving while license revoked, driving left of center and careless and reckless driving. Troopers say additional charges are possible.


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  • by S.L. Location: indio on Jul 14, 2009 at 08:16 PM
    for all of u who claim Edward was on the phone when this happend, id say ur full of s*^%, i could bet my life on the fact that he wasnt. i know this because we've been friends 4 a long time and any time i would be on the phone with while i was driving he'd ask if i had a bluetooth no and i'd said no he'd hang up. so find another excuse, it must have been what he said happend. he's a good person, he would never hurt anyone on purpose.
  • by Charlene Location: Pamlico County on Jul 13, 2009 at 11:51 PM
    I happen to be at the accident right after it occurred and saw the couple lying in the roadway. I agree if it license was revoked he shouldn't have been driving, I saw their overturned truck. I am wondering if they had their seat belts on, if not, maybe her life would have saved. She was alive and moving when I saw her.
  • by A Location: Bayboro on Jul 13, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    I am the wife of the driver of the pontiac. My husband left work on his way home instead of running that day he decided to come home early and surprise me as i am in my nineth month of pregnancy. there had been no radio in that vehical for 3 years it was stolen. His cell had been broken for over a month. My husband deeeply grieves the loss of this woman and the damage it has caused her family. I know in my heart he doesnt have it in him to ever hurt anyone on purpose. He simply fell asleep while driving.
  • by Jessica Location: Cherry Point on Jul 13, 2009 at 05:12 AM
    FIRST AND FOREMOST my prayers are with this family. I do not know them but I grieve the loss of their loved one. SECOND what gives any of you the right to judge this young man. Mistakes are made daily and some of them consequences are worse than others. I have no doubt in my mind that he realizes his mistake and the grief that he has caused this family. And for any of you to claim what punishment he deserves you need to step back and take a look at yourself in the mirror and realize the things that you have done in your life may have hurt someone and know that mistakes happen people get hurt but we live life and pray for the best.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 12, 2009 at 05:57 AM
    Why do they waste ink to revoke license. Criminials will drive, so what if they get caught. They get a lawyer, pay a fine and still drive. The only time you will catch one is after an accident. If they were smart and most are they will have a duplicate to show at traffic stops.
  • by KRIS Location: GREENVILLE, NC on Jul 12, 2009 at 12:40 AM
    I HAVE SEEN SEVERAL POLICE, SHERRIF, AND ESPECIALLY STATE TROOPERS TALKING ON THEIR CELL PHONES AND NO MORE PAYING ATTENTION TO TRAFFIC OR THEIR SURROUNDINGS. SO, UNLESS ITS OFFICIAL BIZ, QUIT BEING HYPOCRITS.../end rant I was taking my car out for the weekend cruise; and stopped at a stop sign and i took a left where this p/u speeds up to try and pass me...I got on it (i know, that is breaking the law...and the speed i was going could of hurt someone else innocent) and the truck at pure dust. When we get to the light he flashes his badge, saying basically that it was my fault...He would of hit me from BEHIND, automatically his fault. Suffice it to say, that i got a chance to talk to him a couple weeks later and it turns out i knew him...He was on his cellphone too...LOL
  • by Jessica Location: Ide on Jul 11, 2009 at 07:40 PM
    This 21 year old is going to have to deal with this death the rest of his life and that is enough. I know this family very well and love them very much and they know that this was an accident and he has to already live with this; they are a nice christian family and will find peace one day and realize he has to deal with killing someone by accident and Mrs. Carolyn would not want all these negative comments made she would want her light to shine through and for everyone to learn something from this situation whether it be to not drive when tired or to not take tommorrow for granted.. This may be a wake up call for someone and everyone needs to make sure they have God in there life and know if that aren't here tommorrow they will be in heaven. God Bless The Tarlton Family and RIP Carolyn. Love you very much
  • by ThinBlueLineWife on Jul 11, 2009 at 07:04 PM
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mrs. Tarlton. She was a wonderful women and leaves behind a family that cherished every moment they had with her.
  • by Family Location: Zebulon on Jul 11, 2009 at 06:42 PM
    As a family member of the Tarltons we thank you all for the prayers. We also wish for all to know that we wish no ill will towards Mr.Servin or his family. We all will deal with our grief in our own way and time and as Christian people we pray for the Servin family and their well being. Again thanks to all for the prayers.
  • by Robert Humberstone, Sr. on Jul 10, 2009 at 08:34 PM
    Here's hoping the 21 year old gets the death penalty, and his family imprisoned, for life. Loser.
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