Charges Filed In Pitt County Fatal Crash

Charges have been filed against the driver of a car involved in a crash that killed a pregnant woman.

The Highway Patrol says John Isenhart of Vanceboro faces misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charges in the death of 32 year old Crystal Patterson of Alliance.

She and her son were traveling on Highway 43 near Calico in Pitt County last Thursday, when troopers say Isenhart's vehicle crossed the center line and hit Patterson's vehicle. Isenhart say he was blinded by the sun.

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A head on collision Thursday morning claimed the life of Pamlico County woman, who family members say was pregnant.

The Highway Patrol says, 32-year-old Crystal Patterson and her son David Patterson were heading North on Highway 43, when a Nissan pickup truck, crossed the center line, hitting them head on.

Crystal Patterson died at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Her sister says David Patterson was treated and released from the hospital.

This is the second fatal accident in two months near Highway 43 and 102 in Calico. In May, a motorcyclist was killed when a tractor trailer slammed into him.

The driver of the pickup truck, John Isenhart has not been charged, although the Highway Patrol says charges are pending. Authorities say alcohol, drugs or speed don't seem to be a factor in the crash.

Isenhart told troopers he was blinded by the sun which caused him to cross into oncoming traffic. Isenhart's passenger had non-life threatening injures.

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