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Troopers Continue To Search For Driver That Caused Deadly Chain Reaction Crash

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The Highway Patrol continues to search for a driver who caused Wednesday's deadly chain reaction accident in Pitt County.

The four-vehicle crash on Highway 43, south of Falkland, started when an oncoming car made an illegal pass on the two lane highway, according to troopers.

They now say a woman was driving that car, which is a black Honda or Nissan.

Killed in the 11:00 am. crash was Tony Leonard of Rocky Mount. He was a passenger in a transport van for the Twin County Disabled American Veterans Chapter in Rocky Mount. It landed on its top in a ditch.

The driver of the transport van, 63-year-old Yattie Williams, was the only other person injured in the crash. Williams was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information about that car should contact the Highway Patrol in Greenville.


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State troopers say a deadly four vehicle crash late Wednesday morning was caused by a driver making what appears to have been an illegal pass on a two-lane highway.

That vehicle never stopped. It is described as a black Honda or Nissan passenger car.

The crash happened around 11:15 a.m. on Highway 43 at Short Bridge Road, south of Falkland in Pitt County.

Troopers say a northbound vehicle caused a crash between four other vehicles as they slammed on brakes to avoid the oncoming vehicle in their lane.

Several of those vehicles crashed into each other or went out of control.

The victim has been identified as Tony Leonard of Rocky Mount. He was a passenger in a transport van for the Twin County Disabled American Veterans Chapter in Rocky Mount. It landed on its top in a ditch.

The driver of the transport van, 63-year-old Yattie Williams, was the only other person injured in the crash. Williams was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with non-life threatening injuries.

Troopers have charged the driver of an SUV which they say hit the van in the chain reaction crash. Jamie Warren, 30, of Winterville was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Sergeant Gary Weaver with the North Carolina Highway Patrol said, "Someone didn't use good sense in passing and that started this. And speed, following too closely, things like that. Just back up, because this is a dangerous road."

They are still searching for the driver of that black car which kept going.

The highway reopened around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon.


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A Pitt County highway has been shut down in both directions after a fatal accident late this morning.

Highway 43 is closed at Short Bridge Road, south of Falkland. The Highway Patrol confirms one person has died.

At least four vehicles are involved in the crash. One SUV has heavy front-end damage, while another vehicle is on its top in a ditch.

WITN has a crew on the scene. Stay with WITN-TV and WITN.com for more on this developing story.


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