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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