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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  • by Joe Location: alliance nc on Sep 8, 2011 at 09:48 PM
    The last person commented had bad Mr.Isenhart feels when he drives by there..I cant drive by there most of the time i have to drive around the long way.I have to go to bed at night and look at her pillow.I wait for a call everyday to find out when this case goes to court .Over a year now and still in limbo..
  • by Joe Location: alliance nc on Sep 8, 2011 at 09:40 PM
    Here it is over a year now and this still has not been settled,if it is as you say that Mr.Isenhart feels so bad,why does he not try to have the matter resolved. We all no including Mr.Isenhart what happen so whats the hold,go to court and get it over with.I have to live with this everyday and on top of it all waiting day by day for this court thing to be over with.All this waiting just keeps it so fresh in my mind.
  • by Joe Location: alliance on Jun 29, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    Just a update here it is almost one year later and the man who hit and killed Crysta and Sophia still has not been to court.The justice system around here needs a whole lot of work...Still waiting ....I have not forgot and will not forget....
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      by anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 at 07:34 PM in reply to Joe
      I know john personally and he is still grieving over this even though it has been a year. he is human and hasnt gone a day without grieving. he can not even ride past the scene without crying. he wishes it was him that passed. he wishes he could take back what happened every day. he is human and is very, very sorry. i know this has to be sad for everyone that knew crystal and sophia. he is so so sorry and prays for the family every day.
  • by mel Location: gainesville, fl on Oct 11, 2010 at 01:55 PM
    to joe: i read crystal's story on cafemom and think about your family often. i have a sophia of my own, and i cannot imagine such a loss. you are always in my thoughts and in my heart, today as when you first shared this sad news. i will be thinking of you, your family, crystal and sophia on 14 oct and hope that you are able to find some small comfort in the proceedings. i wish you the strength to use anger and tragedy for a good cause, so that no other children are taken too soon or left without their mother.
  • by arlene(boo's wife) Location: wake forest on Aug 27, 2010 at 03:13 PM
    joe, i am sorry, we will not be able to come to the court date, but please let us know what happens. we are jimmy williams brother and his wife. we pray for you and the kids, stay strong and keep the faith that one day you, crystal and sophie will be together again, God bless, kenneth(boo) and arlene dawes wake forest nc
  • by Joe Location: alliance on Aug 14, 2010 at 10:23 PM
    For anyone who would like to show there surpport on october-14-2010 will be the hearing for the gentleman who stuck the car of my Crystal,we need to do this for the Crystals and Sophias of the future....This gentleman was preocupied or doing somthing else besides driving...There was no sun at this time of the morning and you dont turn into traffic when something like this happens to you..Please come and be with us....Joe
  • by Joe on Aug 7, 2010 at 08:37 PM
    First of all yes two car at 55 could create this type of damage,but there was no sun ,this occured before 9:30???? I have been to this area everyday since then and that day and the day after was overcast...Lets just look at the truth here,also there were no skid marks,no attempt to slow down,i myself have been blinded by the sun or headlights at night first reaction is to the right and or slow down not turn into traffic...Crystal was a very special and caring person,and because of a stupid mistake i have lost her and my daughter,and thats the plain truth...... Crystal and Sophia in my thoughts and prayers forever
  • by Concerned Location: Gville on Aug 3, 2010 at 07:28 PM
    I am truly sorry for the families loss ; It is going to be tough to get through this for both families ; I only prey that incidents like this one will lead to tougher drivers license laws and hopefully people will start paying more attention while behind the wheel of a car or airplane ; God bless you all -
  • by arlene Location: wake forest on Aug 3, 2010 at 05:49 PM
    i am Crystal aunt by marriage, my family was at crystal and baby Sophie's service today. they both were loved by so many people.we will miss you both so much, and will see you both at heaven's gate. our thoughts and prayers are with Mary,jimmy,the children and Joe. God bless Kenneth, arlene and john Calvin Dawes wake forest n.c.
  • by kim Location: texas on Jul 31, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    I am a member of cafemom, and i just want to say I am sorry for the families loss.
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