New Information In Highway 43 Crash

State troopers have released more information on Thursday's accident that shut down Highway 43 in Pitt County Thursday.

Troopers say Joseph Monteparo is in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The man's 12-year-old granddaughter, Laneisha Nolon, was in fair condition.

Anthony Robinson of Winterville was driving a SUV that troopers say crossed the center line and struck Monteparo's car.

Troopers say they are still investigating the crash and no charges have yet been filed.


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A head-on crash Thursday afternoon shut down a busy highway in Pitt County.

The accident happened on Highway 43, about a half-mile south of Chicod School.

State troopers say an SUV crossed the center line and struck an oncoming car head-on. They say rain may have been a factor in the crash.

The top of the car had to be cut off by rescue crews with the two people inside airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the SUV received only minor injuries.

Troopers say so far there have been no charges filed.


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  • by sister of Joseph M Location: nj on Aug 10, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    Our prayers and thoughts are with Joseph and Leneisha..we will also pray that the other driver of the SUV recovers from his injuries.
  • by to lack of knowledge on Aug 8, 2009 at 09:29 AM
    Most SUV tires handle water better than car tires due to deeper tread grooves. In the same situation a car would have hydroplaned and caused similar problems. The key difference is that the majority of suvs are rear wheel drive thus aming them more likely to fishtail or spin when the back tires break traction as opppsoed to the majority of cars being front wheel driven. Also the center of gravity being higher on the suv makes it harder to regain control of the situation if you're not used to handling the truck chassis. All of which is explained in your owners manual. But all that aside, had you slowed down in the rain the tires would have remained in contact with the road, preventing the problem alltogether. And that's knowledge they teach you in drivers ed. Not so much lack of knowledge as people tend to forget the basics and just jump in and go like the weather dosent affect how we should drive. I'm guilty of it from time to time myself.
  • by Love and light on Aug 8, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    We and many friends/family are praying hard for the recovery of Joseph and Leneisha. May He watch over you, give you strength and help you to heal in His love. We are also praying that God heals Anthony from any injuries that he may have incurred and that He watches over him at this difficult time. May God bless all the families related Joseph, Leneisha and Anthony.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Aug 7, 2009 at 06:18 PM
    My prayers are with Joseph and Leneisha tonight. May God heal them with all his love. God please bless the family members who are with them in spirit and in person tonight. Amen.
  • by sometimes lack of knowledge on Aug 7, 2009 at 03:17 PM
    I purchased a suv one year and was headed to visit a family member on interstate 95, my first suv ever and felt really confident that everything was okay, it started to rain and i tried to switch lane to get from behind a mini van because i couldn't see,my tires got caught in the trench of the two lanes and i couldn't do anything, when the truck finally did catch grip we spun around about several times before stopping in a ditch, thank God no one on the highway was involved in the accident and By Gods mercy we was not hurt. I was told even though my tires looks as if they are in good condition they don't wear and tear like car tires. So sometimes accidents do actually happens. That truck nearly killed me twice in the rain, i said heck with the tires i got rid of the truck. Ford Explorer 2002. back end was all over the place when it hit water.
  • by Love & Light on Aug 7, 2009 at 08:37 AM
    "If criticism is mistaken or mean-spirited, rise above it. Maintain the high ground when you're under fire. No victory is worth winning at the expense of picking up the mud that has been slung and throwing it back." To all the families involved, we are praying for your full recovery. May God keep you in the palm of his hand.
  • by To another mom Location: nc on Aug 7, 2009 at 08:26 AM
    While a tragic incedent indeed, most of these "accidents" are nothing more than carelessness or lack of common sense. It's disturbing to me how many times I have seen people careening down the highway readin, talking on the phone, paying attention to the child in the back seat instaed of looking where they are going to avoid a wreck with the child in the car. People have no respect for the great amount of force the sevearl thousand pound piles of steel we drive exert on you in a crash. If the population as a whole would drive instaed of doing 900 other things while behind the wheel the number of accidents would fall off immediately. I've seen reading, changing clothes, shaving, fumbling around in the back seat, texting, and probably my alltime favorite was the woman who passed me on hwy 70 while doing a line of cocaine off her passenger seat. But yep, they're accidents allright.....
  • by Another Mom Location: NC on Aug 7, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    Please, people do understand something here. This was an ACCIDENT. No one goes out there to intentionally cause or be in an ACCIDENT. I sincerely hope and pray that all parties involved will have a full and speedy recovery. And to their families, I understand the anxiety you must be going through.
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville on Aug 7, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    I live in the area where this happend and even when there is not rain, people still have wrecks. We have alot of wrecks in this curve because people don't pay attention while driving.
  • by to randy Location: gville on Aug 7, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    Although not direct from the report saying rain was likely a factor implies hydroplaning or decreased steering ability due to the tires lack of ability to retain traction. As far as being able to grab anytime you hit the brakes, as far as rain goes that is a pipe dream. Even with a damp surface braking ability and evasive steering ability is GREATLY reduced. Which is why you see so many wet road accidents. People assume that no matter what conditions their tires have traction, and it gets people hurt. Driving at normal highway speeds in the rain is no safer than reading a novel while driving.
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