Driver To Be Charged In Elderly Pitt County Man's Death

The Highway Patrol says they plan on charging the driver of a car whose vehicle killed an elderly Pitt County man Wednesday afternoon.

Troopers say 81-year-old Edward Arrasmith died after the car he was riding in was hit by a Chevy van.

The driver of that van, 33-year-old Shannon Griffin of Greenville, was heading west on Stantonsburg Road near Highway 121 around 1:45 p.m.

Troopers say Griffin failed to yield at a stop sign and crashing into Jane and Edward Arrasmith of Farmville. Griffin has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Edward Arrasmith was taken to the hospital and later died of internal injuries, according to First Sgt. M.A. Williams.


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  • by Jay Location: Greenville on Mar 15, 2011 at 05:02 AM
    The driver came to a complete stop. The intersection had terrible blind spots. The street signs blocking the vision of a driver to the right (the direction of the accident) have been removed. The trees, telephone poles, and landscape to the right cause for a huge blind spot upon approaching from the direction of Mr. Griffin.
  • by Just Me Location: Falkland on Aug 27, 2010 at 01:54 PM
    I know pp hat have been killed in the same situation they don't need more 4 way stop signs they need more ppl that can read. If you cant read you shouldnt be driving.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Aug 27, 2010 at 07:06 AM
    According to Reflector, Shannon is male, first of all. Second, they give a bit more detail. The Arrasmiths approached the intersection of 121 at 50mph, and Griffin was heading west on Stantonsburg and stopped at the two way sign. Griffin then pulled out into traffic at 10mph, and the Arrasmith's collided into him on Griffin's passenger side. Griffin's being charged for failing to yield the right of way. They don't mention him being charged with misdemeanor death. Regardless, it's a sad situation and my heart goes out to everyone involved.
  • by Anonymous Location: Harold on Aug 26, 2010 at 06:11 PM
    More 4 way stops are needed. It is a way to slow down the all traffic. My experience is that most drivers are very nice at 4 way stops. Intersections with the history of repeat accidents should always be considered for this option.
  • by S Location: ENc on Aug 26, 2010 at 04:53 PM
    I can tell you from the viewpoint of a Driver License Examiner who has done thousands of road tests,the number one error most drivers make is not stopping at stop signs...Many many drivers have failed driving tests just because they did not come to a full stop...this,more than anything else,prevents drivers from getting a license on a road test...And it is such a simple thing to do...STOP! My heart goes out to Mrs. Arrasmith...I'm sure after the many years you had with your husband you are devastated...Bless your heart & my prayers go out to you....Because someone was in such a hurry,as most people are these days, a wife has lost a beloved husband....Slow down people,and save a life...it could be yours!
  • by ggirl Location: Windsor on Aug 26, 2010 at 12:54 PM
    Prayers out to these families. Everyone who has ever driven a car has run a stop sign, yield sign stop light etc. Accidents do happen. Does not make it better but we have to forgive.
  • by Condolences Location: Greenville on Aug 26, 2010 at 12:38 PM
    Condolences to both families, especially the lady who has to live with the fact this was her fault. A tough situation all the way arounds. And Glock does have a point. A Stop sign means just that.
  • by Glock .357 Sig Location: Ayden on Aug 26, 2010 at 11:18 AM
    How many thousands of times has this happened to all of us - There is a stop sign, a vehicle is approaching but does not stop. Maybe it slows down a little and maybe not. Zoom! Right through. It happens so much it becomes a habit. STOP means STOP. It doesn't mean slow down, roll through or anything but STOP. That means your wheels are not rolling. Count to three for your stop. The next area for someone to be killed is Venters Cross Roads. No one stops, they roll through, especially those making right turns. Save a life, it could be yours. STOP!!!
  • by FedUp! Location: Pitt on Aug 26, 2010 at 10:49 AM
    This is a terrible stretch of road. Joyner's Crossroads and the Wesley church intersections are very dangerous. The NCDOT needs to look into both of these intersections and address the safety concerns.
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