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HIGHWAY PATROL: No Charges Will Be Brought In Double Fatal Accident

The Highway Patrol tells us both drivers in the accident contributed to crash.

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No charges will be filed in the fatal collision that killed two elderly women in Martin County on Monday night.

The Highway Patrol tells us both drivers contributed to crash.

The accident happened around 8:00 p.m. Monday night on Highway 64 Alternate, less than two miles from Robersonville.

Troopers say 84- year-old James Stancill was driving a 2010 Honda with his wife, 81-year-old Nellie Sawyer, and passenger, 73-year-old Reba Roberson.

The Highway Patrol says a tow truck was hauling a large pickup truck and had stopped to make a left turn, when Stancill plowed into the back of the vehicle.

Troopers tells us the lights on the back of the tow truck were obstructed and Stancill failed to reduce speed to avoid an accident. They also say the elderly man was restricted to just daytime driving and should not have been on the road at the time.

Stancill remains in critical condition at Vidant Medical Condition.


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The Highway Patrol is trying to determine whether an elderly driver could see warning lights from a tow truck before he plowed into it last night, killing his wife and another woman.

Trooper Brian Allen tells us that a 2010 Honda sedan crashed into the back of a tow truck that was pulling a 2004 Super Duty Ford truck around 8:00 p.m. Monday night on US 64 Alternate, just outside of Robersonville. The tow truck of William's Wrecker Service had come to a stop to make a left turn into its business when the Honda collided with it.

Trooper Allen says the driver of the car, 84-year-old James Stancill of Everetts, was transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with severe injuries. The hospital said Stancill was listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

Stancill's wife, 81-year-old Nellie Sawyer, and passenger, 73-year-old Reba Roberson, were killed in the crash. Trooper Allen says Sawyer was the front seat passenger and Roberson was in the backseat.

The driver of the tow truck, 42-year-old Douglas Flynt, was not injured.

A nephew says the couple was married just two years ago.

The Highway Patrol says there were no skid marks on the highway and that Stancill was going about the posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour.

Charges are pending following an investigation.


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