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Lawn Care Company Urges Caution After Employee Killed

By: Lynnette Taylor/Carly Swain
By: Lynnette Taylor/Carly Swain

After their co-worker was killed in a mowing accident on Monday, members of one local lawn care company are speaking out to ensure safety for their workers in the future.

Henry Kornegay, 59-years-old from Ayden, died after an 18-wheeler collided with his tractor Monday afternoon on Highway 64 in Martin County.

David Rogerson is the owner of the Precision Lawn Care and Landscaping company where Kornegay worked for the last 14 years. He says whether it's a two-lane street or a four-lane highway, drivers need to be aware when workers are nearby. Rogerson says, "Anytime you see a tractor or any type of, somebody working on the road or something, whether they're mowing grass or putting utilities in, to slow down and remember that person has a family."

Visitation services for Kornegay will be Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Don Brown's Funeral Home in Ayden. The funeral is set for Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Zion church in Ayden.

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The man hit by a tractor trailer as he was mowing along a highway in Martin County Monday has died.

Troopers say 59-year-old Henry Kornegay of Ayden died hours after the accident on Highway 64 Monday. He was on a tractor-style mower when a tractor trailer hit him.

The driver of the tractor trailer, 35-year-old Curtis Jacobs, is so far charged with reckless driving and DWI. However, troopers say those charges could change pending the results of blood tests taken after the crash.

Troopers say they seized a bottle of a prescription medicine called Lorazepam, which is used to relieve anxiety, according to the National Institutes for Health. The Highway Patrol wants to know how much of the medicine was in Jacobs' system at the time of the crash and if that amount differs from what his prescribed dosage is.



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The driver of a tractor-type mower had to be airlifted to Vidant Medical Center after he was hit by an 18-wheeler.

The Highway Patrol says 59-year-old Henry Kornegay of Ayden was thrown into the highway after the impact that ripped the tractor in two. Monday night, Vidant Medical Center said they did not have anyone by that name listed as a patient.

The driver of the 18 wheeler, 35-year-old Curtis Jacobs, is charged with reckless driving and impaired driving. Troopers say he was on prescription drugs. Jacobs was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.


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The Highway Patrol says a truck driver who slammed into the back of a mower on a busy highway has been charged with reckless driving and impaired driving.

Troopers say the mower was cutting grass on Highway 64 in Martin County at mile marker 514 when it was struck from behind.

Henry Kornegay of Ayden was driving a barn-style tractor with a mower attached to the back end. An 18-wheeler hit the mower from behind, knocking the man out of the mower, and onto the highway.

The tractor was split in half, while the 18-wheeler ended up in the median.

Troopers said the 59-year-old Kornegay was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center where a spokeswoman says his condition is undetermined.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, 35-year-old Curtis Jacobs of Fairmont, was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Troopers say Jacobs was impaired on prescription medication.

The Department of Transportation says the man worked for a private contractor and was not a D.O.T. employee.

Westbound traffic on Highway 64 was detoured at Highway 17 while the tractor trailer was removed.


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