Driver Passes Out, Crashes & Dies

A Kinston man died Wednesday when he passed out behind the wheel and slammed into some pine trees.

Troopers say 55 year-old Eldridge Kornegay Junior was driving down Highway 11 South near Green Haynes Road in Lenoir County when he lost consciousness and crashed.

Highway patrol says it is waiting for word from the medical examiner since Kornegay didn't have any visible injuries from the crash.


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  • by A long time Friend Location: Greenville on Feb 19, 2010 at 07:33 AM
    I Have know this man all my life. He was a good man. My Dad and him was good friends.RIP Eldridge Byrd Kornegay Jr. BKA TINK. we love and miss u
  • by ASSuME on Feb 19, 2010 at 03:58 AM
    Couldn't he have had a MASSIVE heart attck, or a brain anyerism. Just saying.
  • by Chase on Feb 19, 2010 at 03:21 AM
    How do they he passed out unless he awakened then tolled them?
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Feb 19, 2010 at 01:15 AM
    Back in the late 70s, I helped an acquaintance land a delivery job. Within 3 weeks he wrecked his truck. I found out he had been popping pills and indulging in other drugs. Shortly after, I heard his mother say, "All he wants to do with his life is see how many drugs he can get in his body." It didn't help my reputation and I felt bad about the whole thing. I haven't seen that guy since. I think he died. ...Of course, this may have been a case of sleep apnea which has just recently been identified as a culprit in many sleeping driver incidents. I guess we'll never know.
  • by Big Al Location: Greene Co on Feb 18, 2010 at 07:34 PM
    I feel sorry for his family. I am also glad no one else got hurt.
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