NEW INFO: Alcohol Not Involved In Fatal Crash

Troopers say alcohol was not involved in a deadly wreck last month in Pitt County, but they have yet to file charges in the case.

Julian Henderson was a passenger in a pickup truck that rear ended another vehicle on Grimesland Bridge Road at a high rate of speed on September 13th. He died later at the hospital.

The driver, Brad Bradshaw, has been at Pitt County Memorial Hospital since the crash. Troopers say his family tells them that Bradshaw is still unconscious. The Highway Patrol says they need to get his version of what happened before they can decide on specific charges.

PCMH says the 27-year-old Bradshaw is in serious condition.

Bradshaw had previously been convicted of two DWI's and had an alcohol monitoring system in his truck. But troopers tells us they are certain that alcohol was not involved in the crash.


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State troopers say they are still awaiting toxicology reports on the driver of a truck involved in a deadly accident Sunday in Pitt County.

Troopers say Brad Bradshaw has not yet regain consciousness at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. PCMH now lists his condition as critical.

Bradshaw was driving a vehicle on Grimesland Bridge Road that troopers say ran into the back of another vehicle at a high rate of speed.

Killed in a crash was 23-year-old Julian Henderson.


Driver Had Previous DWI Convictions

The investigation continues into a crash on Grimesland Bridge Road that killed a passenger and seriously injured the driver Sunday in Pitt County.

The driver, 27-year-old Bradley Joe Bradshaw, remains in serious condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Troopers said Tuesday afternoon Bradshaw has a brain injury and has not regained consciousness.

The passenger, 23-year-old Julian Henderson, died as a result of the crash.

Court records show Bradshaw has two DWI convictions, one in 2002 and in 2005. He was also convicted of driving with his license revoked in 2003. He received probation on all three charges.

Troopers say they continue to investigate Sunday's crash, and charges are pending. Thursday morning, Highway Patrol officials said it is still unknown if alcohol was involved

Troopers do say Bradshaw had an alcohol monitoring system installed in his truck. Troopers say it was most likely a court-ordered system, but they did not have any additional information.

They say the interlock system required the driver to blow into it before starting the vehicle and also required blowing into it again during the drive to keep the vehicle on.

The crash crash happened just before 5:00 a.m. Sunday near Seine Beach.

Troopers say Bradshaw drove his Toyota Tacoma into the back of Nissan Altima at a high rate speed.

Henderson, who lived on Old Creek Road in Greenville, died hours later after being transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the Altima said he saw the truck coming from behind him and thought it was going to pass him. Instead, he told troopers, the Tacoma ended up in his back seat.


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  • by curious Location: Greenville NC on Dec 30, 2009 at 09:41 AM
    Any update to this story ??
  • by Another EMTs view Location: Washington on Oct 26, 2009 at 08:43 AM
    As an EMT also, I have seen this car that the guy was driving. Yes I know that in most accidents that if someone doesn't expect it to happen, they are usually the one who walks away in better condition than someone that saw it coming. That doesn't obtain in this case. This mans quote per WITN: "The driver of the Altima said he saw the truck coming from behind him and thought it was going to pass him. Instead, he told troopers, the Tacoma ended up in his back seat." So he did see the truck coming and expected it to hit him when it didn't pass. Come on people this doesn't add up! From what I have seen; the cars roof was smashed and all the windows where broken. He only had a cut on his hand? This man should of had more than just one cut from the glass. He had to climb out of a broken window of a smashed car. In addition, this man was rear-ended by another car that was traveling at least 55mph and his car was ran over by a truck...... I don't think this is a miracle. More like a lie.....
  • by concerned EMT on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:12 AM
    As an EMT the main reason that the guy who had been hit from behind walked away from the scratch is that he probably didn't see this truck coming up from behind. So therefore as he was driving he was in a more relaxed state and didn't get a chance to tense of rightbefore the accident. That's how most drunk drivers walk away from most deadly accidents. They are the most relaxed and so their muscles don't tense up right before a car accident. So this guy behind unaware of the truck speeding behind him never tensed up and therefore wasn't injured as badly as the driver and of course didn't suffer the same fate as the passenger.
  • by S on Oct 24, 2009 at 06:16 AM
    I asked an EMT if he has ever seen anyone walk away from an "unsurvivable" crash and he said absolutely.
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Oct 23, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    NOW, Are't all U jump the gun, fan the flames,name callers, assuming know it alls ashame of yourselves for dragging Brad's name thru the mud! U have hurt his kids and and family with your words so much! I do not even know this family but I have read what they have had to endure from bloggers on here. Go peddle your soap somehwere else! Now U want the Skivvy on toxology reports so U can continue your witch hunt?? Absurd!
  • by Sara on Oct 23, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    so glad to hear that brads name has been cleared as far as alcohol is concerned. his family still needs your prayers. he has brain injuries and is still at pitt.
  • by Hello........... on Oct 22, 2009 at 12:03 PM
    can we get an update on this story please?
  • by Someone who cared on Oct 6, 2009 at 01:16 PM
    WITN is there any word on the toxicology reports? How about an update to the story.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Sep 24, 2009 at 06:50 PM
    To the family and friends , I only hope you can hold dear the times and memories you have with Julian and Brad. Console each other in your loss and grief and banish all ignorance with a smile, truly knowing what ignorant is. I'm sure the children would rather hear stories that will make them smile rather than listening to the heartache caused by fools posting blogs that are totally useless and uncaring.
  • by GROW Location: UP on Sep 24, 2009 at 05:39 AM
    Get over it people. Talking down to people does NOT make you a better person. Who cares if you are friends with them, unless you were there, YOU DONT KNOW. REGARDLESS. This is a place for COMMENTS. People can post WHATEVER They feel like so stop acting like you are high and mighty. Just SHUT UP about it already.
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