NEW INFO: Other Driver Charged In Deadly Onslow County Crash

State troopers have charged a driver in a deadly head-on crash that happened last week in Onslow County.

Kelly Smith, who was driving one of the two pickup trucks in the crash, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, driving without a license, and driving left of center.

The wreck happened last Thursday on Cow Horn Road.

Killed was 53-year-old Melinda Marshburn of Richlands. She was the middle passenger in the front seat of the other pickup truck. Darrell Melton of Richlands, the driver of that pickup, and Haywood Melton of Richlands, the other passenger, were seriously injured.


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A head-on crash in Onslow County has left one woman dead and three others seriously hurt.

It happened Thursday morning on Cow Horn Road, that's outside of Richlands.

Troopers say Melinda Marshburn of Richlands was killed in the crash. They say the 53-year-old woman was the middle passenger in the front seat of one pickup truck.

Darrell Melton of Richlands, the driver of that pickup, and Haywood Melton of Richlands, the other passenger, were both flown to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where they are in critical condition.

Troopers say the driver of the other pickup truck, Kelly Smith of Michigan, was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.


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  • by Rick Location: Washington on Feb 24, 2010 at 07:27 PM
    No license - should be a felony charge with hard time, otherwise no lessons learned, and any of us could be next. Sad
  • by pete Location: grifton on Feb 24, 2010 at 11:29 AM
    Don't you love reading these post?the most troubling thing is these people vote.
  • by Rose Location: Richlands on Feb 19, 2010 at 05:31 PM
    Let me begin by saying my heart goes out to her children all three of them......I pray for you with love and hope. And for those of you like Diane who fail to see all of God's work it is simply because your ignorant! God toke Melinda (Mendy) home this day! And when he did this....he spared her from a life of suffering and pain. None of you really knew her or walked a day in her shoes. Her life was full of struggles and pain not many can relate to!! She was saved and taken away from this horrible world. It is people like some of you on here (Diane) who make me envy those who have gone on before me. To think I am stuck on this earth with the likes of your kind, SAD! Those that were left in that truck where not saved. And it is only by the grace of God maybe they will see, and change their lives. Just because people were killed does not mean God doesn't see things. He does and he sees right into your heart if you have one!! Don't expect miracles when you don't believe in one yourself!!!!!!
  • by Sad Location: ENC on Feb 19, 2010 at 09:12 AM
    To the family of Mrs. Marshburn, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Prayers are also going to the other accident victims. I myself was in a head-on collison when I was 17 and GOD was with me the whole time. Yes I blamed him for serval years for what I went through (which was a lot--I went through many surgery), and then I grew-up and grew closer to GOD. He will not bring you to it if he can't bring you through it. Just stay on GOD's side and he will be with you always. Prayers to all involved.
  • by Laura Location: Indiana on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:39 PM
    This was my husbands mother Melinda. May she rest in peace and I'm sure God is with her.
  • by Big Al Location: Greene Co on Feb 18, 2010 at 07:39 PM
    I think WITN Should take down some of these Childish remarks and never allow these kinda post's on here due to respect for the families. I know if I were related to these families I would get upset over the stupid childish and dumb butted remarks and good lord the arguing. My 8 year old acts better than some of you all here! Grow up and leave the trash in DC or Raleigh stories. That is where these kind of remarks need to be! Sorry to all the family members that were hurt and taken away. But someone needed to say what I just said. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
  • by Andrea Location: Jacksonville on Feb 18, 2010 at 07:05 PM
    The answer to Diane. God was all over these events today. There was not one fatality, other than the pilot, today in Texas. That building was full of people. Three peoples lives were spared today in the collision. There are families that have suffered great loss but they can also find peace in knowing that their loved ones have gone to a better place. There will be no pain or suffering. God will hold on to these families and help them find peace.
  • by Larry Location: Newport on Feb 18, 2010 at 07:04 PM
    OMG! what have we done? Man has only been around a few thousand years, and we think God is at fault? Ha Ha Ha, we should all wake up and be thankful. Sorry for your loss'es. God will explain it to us all soon enough. I pray he forgets some of the comments people make, and has mercey on them.... Forgive them Lord, for we know not what we do, or say.......
  • by Steven Location: Jacksonville on Feb 18, 2010 at 06:50 PM
    Melinda was 43 not 53 and the driver of the truck was Haywood Melton Jr., not Darrell, according to eye witnesses and family members. The other passenger was Haywood melton. Melinda has 3 sons (my nephews). Please keep them in your prayers.
  • by tnt on Feb 18, 2010 at 05:35 PM
    Diane.....if read the BIBLE or turned your TV on ......Sunday mornings, or better yet went to a church, any church........you may be able to answer your own question. God Bless you
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