Fatal Crash In Craven County

One person was killed and four others sent to the hospital Saturday afternoon after a two car accident on Highway 70 near Havelock.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers say a Ford Excursion, driven by 54-year-old Kenneth Harper of Clayton, was traveling westbound on U.S. 70, just after 4:00PM, when the SUV and the boat it was towing, veered off the right side of the road hitting a traffic light post.

The vehicle flipped and struck another vehicle stopped at the light on the corner of Hickman Hill Loop Road.

Harper escaped the crash with non-life threatening injuries, however, troopers say his wife, 56-year-old Georgia Harper, died at the scene. Two other people were in the Excursion when the crash happened. Troopers say Kenneth Harper's sister, 52-year-old Kathy Barrow of LaGrange, is currently at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in critical condition with a brain injury. Barrow's boyfriend, 52-year-old Frank French, suffered non-life threatening injuries. Kenneth Harper and Frank French were taken to Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern.

Harper told troopers he didn't know how the crash happened.

Arianne Nolen of Havelock, the driver hit by the Excusion, sustained non-life threatening injuries as well.

Officials say the crash is still under investigation so no charged have been filed at this. Troopers say drugs nor alcohol are suspected.


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  • by Susan Location: Greenville on Jul 18, 2011 at 02:37 PM
    Kenneth, I am so sorry to here about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are going out to you and Cathy, hoping she will recover soon. All in Gods hands. Thinking of you and your family, and also the others family and friends . Thinking of you! Susan Meadows Hawkins
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jul 18, 2011 at 02:32 PM
    There were two death's Kathy and her sister inlaw Georgia Harper,I knew both of them and my wife is consoling Kathy's mother may GOD bless the families of both victoms.
  • by MIke S. Location: Goldsboro on Jul 18, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    Prayers to you and your family in this time of crisis.
  • by Sherri Location: Greenville on Jul 18, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    I love you Kathy Barrow. My heart goes out to your family and friends. You are so missed!!!!!
  • by Mike Location: Clayton on Jul 18, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Harper and Barrow family.
  • by Why on Jul 18, 2011 at 07:18 AM
    This is a very sad story for all parties involved. I saw the aftermath of the accident Saturday evening. From the look of the truck/suv, I knew someone had to be dead. I actually took a picture of the truck because I couldn't believe the damage of the truck and boat. Traffic was back up for miles and miles. My prayer are with this family.
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      by Cathy on Jul 19, 2011 at 11:03 AM in reply to Why
      Yes,I seen the aftermath also. I just started to pray. My heart goes out to the family.
  • by Crown Equipment Employee Location: Kinston on Jul 18, 2011 at 01:47 AM
    It was reported Sunday afternoon that Kathy Barrow passed away. She is missed by all of her co-workers.
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      by Sherri on Jul 18, 2011 at 08:23 AM in reply to Crown Equipment Employee
      She is greatly missed
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