UPDATE: Victims Identified In Fatal Duplin Accident

Highway patrol has released the identities of those involved in a fatal accident in Duplin County

The driver of the Virginia family's minivan was 58-year-old John Snipes Jr.. His son-in-law, 34-year-old Dennis Knupp, was killed instantly when Snipes collided with a hog truck driven by 36-year-old Donte Peterson of Roseboro.

Troopers say that they believe Snipes blew threw both a stop sign, and failed to yield at a traffic light flashing red before colliding with Peterson.

Critically injured in the accident was Snipes daughter, and Knupp's wife, 33-year-old Heather Knupp. Snipes wife, 55-year-old Melissa Snipes was injured as well as the Knupp's three children, 6-year-old Brianna, 5-year-old Emma, and 8-year-old Marcus.

All were transported to Wake Medical. Heather Knupp was airlifted.

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One member of a Virginia family was killed and five others injured when troopers say their mini-van pulled out in front of a hog truck.

The Highway Patrol says the family was in North Carolina on vacation when the accident happened this morning on U.S. 117 in Calypso, that's in Duplin County.

Troopers say the mini-van was northbound on the highway when it ran a stop sign at the I-40 connector road. A father, mother, grandparents and three children were all in the mini-van. An adult man was killed, while a woman was flown in critical condition to WakeMed. Four others were taken to other area hospitals.

The Highway Patrol says charges are pending consultation with the District Attorney's Office.

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  • by Rochelle Location: NC on Jul 24, 2010 at 05:30 AM
    I was on the way to visit my family in Mt. Olive, I saw the body laying in the road, with the sheet over it. This has truly made me appreciate life, so sad..my prayers have been with the family since then.
  • by Shelley Location: Philadelphia, PA on Jul 23, 2010 at 05:39 AM
    My best friend and I passed thru on the way home from vacation, we are nurses and one of the first ones on the scene right after it happened. I assisted John, who was driving. Please, please be so careful driving, this family's entire life has been shattered by this horrible event, and pray for all of them.
  • by Carol Location: Middletown, DE on Jul 22, 2010 at 11:03 AM
    We passed this accident on our way back home to DE. We saw the man who was killed laying in the road. This was so, so sad. What a terrible sight to see. Our prayers are with all of them. I hope that the mother of the children will be OK.
  • by Cindy Location: Charlottesville VA on Jul 22, 2010 at 06:39 AM
    I know this family - what a terrible tragedy for them. The driver is my mom's pastor. Please keep them in your prayers, especially for the recovery of the woman airlifted (the children's mother) and the children.
  • by Nicole on Jul 21, 2010 at 01:29 PM
    Sending up a prayer for this poor family, that God wraps his arms around them during this difficult time. He is the only one who can comfort and heal them. God bless them all!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2010 at 01:08 PM
    That is so sad. I do hope that those that survived will be all right. This family is in my thoughts and prayers.
  • by pirategirl Location: greenville on Jul 21, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    typo witn "while the Virginia family was on family" I pray for this family. God bless

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