UPDATE: Warrant Obtained Against Van Driver In Deadly Accident

Winterville police say they have obtained a warrant against the driver of a van involved in a deadly crash Wednesday.

Police tell WITN News that Maria Fernandez of Greenville will be charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Harold Yater of Washington was killed in a crash on at the intersection of Highway 11 and Davenport Farm Rd.

Police say they have been able to determine through witness statements and investigation on the scene that the van was coming south from Greenville on Highway 11 and making a left turn onto Mill St. The motorcycle was traveling north on Highway 11 through the intersection.

Police say witnesses confirmed that Yater had the green light and thus, the right-of-way. The van did not stop for the red light and hit the motorcycle. Police say the crash threw Yater 48 feet before landing on a concrete median. He was pronounced dead at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Police say Fernandez refused medical treatment, but three passengers in her minivan were sent to the hospital as a precaution.


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A motorcyclist is dead after a crash Tuesday afternoon in Pitt County.

The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 11 and Davenport Farm Road. It involved a motorcycle and a van.

Police say the motorcycle was northbound on Highway 11 and had the green light. A van turning left onto Old Highway 11 then struck the motorcycle.

The northbound lanes of Highway 11 were closed for about 90 minutes as rescue crews treated the victims.

The cyclist was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Two children in the van were also taken to the hospital to be checked out.


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  • by Concerned White Girl on Apr 30, 2009 at 08:30 PM
    First of all she could be a white lady a black lady or a purple lady married to someone with the last name Fernandez so lets not stereotype.Second, no one person on this Earth is perfect!People make mistakes..also not all Hispanics are illegal and since we are trolling down hispanic lane lets us dive into a history lesson.Hispanics are from here originally you guys are the ones building a wall around our land so lets get that straight.Besides people in this town drive without any consideration for anyone on the road,that's not just Hispanics but everyone.In fact these Hispanics that you speak of(the illegal ones anyway)usually don't have a license or insurance so they r some of the more careful one's simply because they have to be.Why is there so much hate towards hispanics? I really don't understand that,though I am not at all condoning Mrs. Fernadez' actions in anyway.This was a tragic accident that could've been at the hands of you or I, it is just unfortunate she had to be hispanic!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2009 at 01:54 AM
    God Bless you and your family!
  • by Nancy Yater Location: Washington on Apr 25, 2009 at 07:32 PM
    I am the wife of the wonderful man that was hit and killed Tuesday afternoon. Today I laid my beloved husband to rest. I will truly miss my best friend, soulmate and husband. I would like to Thank everyone for their prayers,support, and concerns. They were deaply appreciated in our time of sorrow. Thanks again for all of your prayers. Nancy Yater
  • by Co-worker Location: Tarboro on Apr 23, 2009 at 07:00 PM
    My prayers are with the family for the loss of your special loved one. Harold was a great guy. i enjoyed talking with him and will miss him greatly, with his friendly personility. Nancy may god bless you and your family and be with you during this time. TO ALL Drivers, please be aware of what you are doing and pay attentionto your surrounding, I too had an accident 31 years ago and almost lost my life, mine was with a dump truck whom came on my side of the road and hit me head on, by the grace of God I am alive, but am more aware of my surrounding now and don't trust my fellow driver, I can't control their actions, can only trust mine. Harold will miss you, my love to your family.
  • by Pete Location: occupied America on Apr 23, 2009 at 05:50 PM
    jenF you want stereotyping? a State highway patrolman told me they fill out papers at the end of each month that shows that the highway patrol is not stereotyping example 25 whites,25 hispanics,25 black people now how many law breakers go free because they have a quota?.
  • by Roylee Location: Grifton on Apr 23, 2009 at 04:08 PM
    Jeremy and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Love and prayers to you all!!!!
  • by Elizabeth Location: Greenville on Apr 23, 2009 at 03:33 PM
    To the Yater family: I am so sorry for your loss. I know those may seem like empty words; however, they are heartfelt. I did not know your husband/father but I do feel your pain. I lost my law enforcement partner in 1992 because of the actions of a careless driver. He ran a stop sign, killed my partner and destroyed more lives than he will ever know. Hopefully, you will take your loss and turn it into something positive to remember your loved one. Be an advocate for motorcyclists. Make your voice heard! In that regard, your loved one will not only be heard, he will live forever. God bless all of you.
  • by becky Location: lagrange on Apr 23, 2009 at 03:31 PM
    To the Yater family...even though we don't see one another like we used too, your all in my thoughts and prayers. Even before this, i have thought of all of the good times we had through the years. Love you all and we will see you soon. becky bowdle faulkner
  • by esther and ray Location: lagrange on Apr 23, 2009 at 12:28 PM
    angie, my dear friend, as a motorcycle rider, my thoughts are these neg responses are disgraceful. harold was a baby boomer , enjoying his freedom , he is in heaven riding now love you girl
  • by Bobby Location: La Grange on Apr 23, 2009 at 12:27 PM
    I wonder if Ms. Fenandez is here legally? And yes I do ask this question (1) because of her last name and (2) because of so many good people dying on our roads because of the careless mistakes made by illegals who should not be in the country in the first place. Like Robert said in an earleir posting, does anybody realize the number of people who have been killed in our state alone by illegals in the last few years. Senseless killings. I do pray for the Yater family and Ms Fenandez's family also.
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