Elderly Woman Dies In Car Accident In Hyde County

North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Darrell Pugh tells WITN that 94 year-old Emily Gibbs of Goldsboro died in a two car accident along Highway 94 in Hyde County.

The accident happened around 2:30pm Sunday afternoon.

Pugh says the car Gibbs was in was traveling south on Highway 94 when it hit the back of another car stopped in the road.

Pugh says the four people in the 1999 Toyota Avalon were stopped on the highway coming across Lake Mattamuskeet. All four people in that car were taken to the hospital. No one there is believed to have suffered any serious injuries.

Gibbs was in a 1997 Toyota Avalon sitting in the back seat and wearing a seat belt according to Highway Patrol. They tell us her leg was broken and there were no other visible injuries. Pugh says it not clear if it was the impact or internal injuries which lead to her death.

She was pronounced dead on the scene. The two people in the car with Gibbs were also taken to the hospital. Pugh says they had no major injuries.

The driver of the car Gibbs was in told investigators he did not realize the other car was stopped when he hit it from behind.

Both drivers were cited by State Troopers.

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  • by anonymous on Mar 17, 2009 at 10:48 AM
    Has anyone heard anything new on the condition of any of those involved in this accident?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2009 at 01:54 PM
    Mrs. Roper is paralyzed from the waist down, Mr. Roper is at home and do ok.
  • by anonymous on Mar 12, 2009 at 07:21 AM
    Are there updates on Mr. and Mrs. Roper?
  • by Family member on Mar 12, 2009 at 04:41 AM
    I've been watching this blog for a few days and finally decided to weigh in. It is assumed that a vehicle on the road should be moving forward unless stopped at a traffic light or stop sign....not stopped to chat along the roadway or stopped to enjoy the scenery. If you're going to stop on the Lake Road or any road for that matter, pull off on the shoulder! In this case, that would have been a much safer action for all involved. Just a thought. The sun was shining brightly that day and may have been reflecting off the water which would have contributed to the ability of the upcoming driver to see a car stopped in the roadway.
  • by anonymous on Mar 11, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    The facts of the accident remain to be seen regardless of what this article is reporting. However, people are still recovering and the focus should be on that.
  • by Leanna Location: former resident of Hyde on Mar 10, 2009 at 07:08 PM
    Fine family yes... but an elderly woman is just as dead. For every action there is a reaction. May we all learn to be a little more careful!
  • by Sarah Location: Anonymous on Mar 10, 2009 at 05:23 PM
    Sometimes pointing out the faults of others leading to a catastrophe helps us pretend we have control over anything terrible happening to us. Every one of us has made decisions on the road, good and bad, that can lead to a trauma. The sad thing is, these things can happen to anyone. The Ropers are one of the finest families to ever live in the state of NC. My prayers are with them.
  • by Lynda Location: Belhaven on Mar 10, 2009 at 03:58 PM
    I feel for all involved in this accident. I do however believe in looking out for yourself and not depending or expecting others to look out for you. May this be a lesson to all not to stop in the middle of the road and chat.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2009 at 12:49 PM
    why don't we quit pointing fingers and get back to what is important, prayers for all the people involved.
  • by ups on Mar 10, 2009 at 12:05 PM
    Regardless of where the vehicle was stopped, it is the resposiblility of the driver approaching from behind to maintain a safe distance. The approaching car is not to determine if the lead vehicle is siteseeing, having car trouble or stopping to allow some sort of wildlife to cross safely.
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