NEW INFO: Police Charge Two Of Three Drivers In Fire Tower Rd. Crash

Police say they charged two drivers involved in Wednesday morning's crash on Fire Tower Road in Winterville. Four people were injured in the three vehicle crash that happened around 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Whitley Drive.

Carlos Chavala, the driver of the Dodge Intrepid, is charged with operating a vehicle without a license, failure to see before turning from a direct line, and unsafe movement. Police say the owner of the car, who was not in the vehicle, will be charged with allowing a person to drive a vehicle without a license. A passenger in the Intrepid, Jesus Frias-Hermandez, has been released from Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The driver of a Hyundai Sonata, Bennie Raindrop, Jr. was charged with expired registration and inspection of a vehicle. He and the driver of a pickup truck, Joshua Summerell, were both treated and released from PCMH for their injuries.

Winterville police say the wreck happened when the driver of the Intrepid tried to cross over two lanes of traffic on Fire Tower Road, causing the wreck.


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Crews are clearing an accident on Fire Tower Rd. in Winterville after three vehicles were involved in the crash.

Winterville Police say four people were injured in the crash and transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Officials say the East Care helicopter was sent to the scene, but ambulances were able to transport the injured faster. Police did not know how serious the injuries were. The people who were injured were described as people in their twenties by police.

Officials say the wreck happened around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday
on Fire Tower Rd. in Winterville at the intersection of Whitley. That is near the Minges Unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pitt County, very close to the intersection of Fire Tower and Memorial Dr.

The wreck involved two cars and a pick-up truck. Winterville Police say the wreck happened when the driver of a Dodge Intrepid tried to cross over two lanes of traffic on Fire Tower Rd., causing the wreck.

Police say it appears all three vehicles will be total losses.

Traffic was being blocked from getting on to Fire Tower from both Memorial and Evans earlier, but officials are now allowing traffic.


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  • by Get a Clue on Mar 31, 2010 at 01:56 AM
    People in North Carolina need to get a clue and stop driving in the left lane because it is fun. The left lane is for passing! There are signs posted stating that fact also. Open your eyes and get with the program!
  • by mz.jenkins Location: greenville on Mar 26, 2010 at 12:34 AM
    I was just getting off work and passed it all...just thinking that it could have been me..if I had been maybe 1 minute earlier....Wow...you really have to be careful out there and definitely watch out for others.
  • by Common Sense Location: Courtesy on Mar 25, 2010 at 01:54 PM
    Some people have developed bad driving habits just because they can. They get rude and aggressive because they are protected by a big metal box...kinda like how people are losing their manners because of email. Take the time to drive in a quality way even if you can get away with doing the opposite.
  • by bw Location: Greenville on Mar 25, 2010 at 07:32 AM
    I hate to say it, but, the drivers in the Hyundai will get in a lot more trouble for a little expired reg/inspection than the Intrepid drivers with no license. My mom was rear-ended in a store parking lot in Greenville by an illegal immigrant without a license. The policemen informed my Mom it is not illegal for someone to drive without a license in a parking lot-how did they get TO the parking lot then? The driver was charged with nothing. Illegal immigrants with no licenses should go straight to jail along with the people letting them drive their cars.
  • by Keyana Location: Greenville on Mar 24, 2010 at 07:27 PM
    Well, I am a close friend of one of the drivers and I am so glad that everyone is okay. This wreck made me realize just how precious life is. I never ever want to experience that feeling of not knowing how bad off my friend or loved one is ever again. It doesn't matter if the person at fault was an immigrant or not. What's important is that the person isn't allowed to hurt anyone again. I pray for all the people involved in this tragedy on many levels.
  • by Woody Location: Greenville on Mar 24, 2010 at 05:46 PM
    Terry, you made one statement that wraps up the cause of this accident. "Whitley Dr. is used as a cut through to avoid the light at Memorial and Firetower". Impatient drivers are looking for a shortcut. If the driver had used that light, three cars would have been spared, injuries avoided, public services not required, etc. We could go on. Oh, WITN, you failed to post my earlier comment today.
  • by Terry Location: Winterville on Mar 24, 2010 at 04:27 PM
    This intersection needs a stoplight, it is extremely busy all the time because Whitley Dr. is used as a cut through to avoid the light at Memorial and firetower. There have been numerous wrecks at this intersection, not sure why a stoplight was not installed here, after they finished construction of firetower road they installed new stoplights all along the rd. at places where there is very little traffic. Install a light before someone gets killed!!!
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Mar 24, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    To Susan: Wow, immigration reform...really? Are you assuming that only hispanics drive without a license? Please, the same can be said for A LOT of people! Everyone survived this terrible accident, are you that inconsiderate that you don't appreciate life?
  • by witness on Mar 24, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    i hope that i never see a wreck like this again it has changed the way i drve. i drive that road every morning to school and to witness this and be one of the first on the scene was really scarry. prayers to all people involved.
  • by Susan Location: Greenville on Mar 24, 2010 at 01:04 PM
    ...hello...immigration reform....
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