Pitt County Man Dies After Boats Collide In The Tar River

A Pitt County man is dead after a boating accident in the Tar River east of Seine Beach and Grimesland Bridge Road.

It happened around 4:30pm on Saturday. North Carolina Wild Life Officer Milton Jones tells WITN that Leon Hooks Simpkins Jr., of South Grimesland Bridge Road, died when his boat collided with a larger vessel.

Lawmen say Simpkins was on an 18 foot Allison boat while the man that collided with his boat was on a 21 foot Checkmate boat.

The two boats smashed together and Simpkins was killed. Officials say the man on the Checkmate boat was taken to the Pitt County Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Jones tells WITN the case is still under investigation and he has not determined what caused the accident.

At this time it's unclear if any charges will be filed against the driver of the Checkmate.

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