Charges Filed In ATV Accident That Injured Two

Charges have been filed in an ATV accident that injured two people in Pitt County Tuesday night.

Highway Patrol officials say the four-wheeler was going approximately 50 miles an hour when it hit a dog and overturned several times.

It happened on Clay Root Road between County Home and Leary Mills Roads, just after 9:00 p.m.

Authorities say 25-year-old Jeremy Nichols and Kelly Goins, both of Ayden, were on the ATV. Authorities report they were not wearing helmets.

Both were taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Authorities report their injuries were serious but not life-threatening. The dog died.

Troopers say Nichols was charged with reckless driving, no insurance, no helmet and driving while license revoked.


Two people are believed to be injured following an ATV accident Tuesday night in Pitt County.

At least one, possibly two East Care helicopters are headed to the scene in the Ayden-Grifton area.

Preliminary information indicates the two people involved are suffering from head injuries and were not wearing helmets.

Highway Patrol is investigating.

We'll bring you more information as we get it.

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  • by lucy Location: greenville on Jul 30, 2011 at 11:23 AM
    everyone is up here complaining about the dog and how its so sad that it died and that they cant believe that the owners are getting sued...well who is stopping to think about jeremy... hes facing criminal charges for something everyone in the country does... riding a 4 wheeler,all be it without a helmet but who can honestly say they haven't done that before... now as far as the speed i don't think Ive ever seen a 4wheeler go that fast... instead of being concerned for an animal why arnt we all a lil more concerned about the future of Jeremy he has a baby on the way! its a sad thing that it happened but everyday dogs are run over by cars and i don't see criminal charges being placed on the people who hit them...most of the time they just drive away. my prayers go out to Jeremy, Blake and his family! <3
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      by Pat B on Jul 31, 2011 at 09:49 AM in reply to lucy
      I totally agree with you and what are you talking about being sued i havent hurd that at all,Jeremy did come home today and he is doing well,thanks for the prayers and every one that has somethan negative to say get a life
  • by Lynn Location: Winterville on Jul 29, 2011 at 11:46 AM
    At his age and hes record he still hasn't learned anything, he needs to grow up and take responsibility for what hes done and hes family needs to stop paying hes way out. The dog is a animal whats hes excuse?
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      by Pat B on Jul 30, 2011 at 06:51 AM in reply to Lynn
      you dont need to be speaking about his record,would you wanna talk about you past
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      by Penny on Aug 9, 2011 at 07:52 AM in reply to Lynn
      Agree. He nor his brother have learned anything from all the laws broken. The family continues to not hold them accountable for their actions. Thousands of dollars have been paid to keep them out of jail. This accident resulted in a dog's death. Next time it will be a humanbeing unless someone gets control of this sad situation. Jerry and Joy, QUIT SUPPORTING THIS HORRIBLE BEHAVIOR. WAKE UP!
  • by friend Location: CLAYROOT on Jul 29, 2011 at 11:38 AM
    Okay well the paper is wrong because alcohol was not a factor. He did not blow or he would have be charged!!!
  • by Know your facts first on Jul 29, 2011 at 04:57 AM
    The fourwheeler doesn't even run 50 miles an hour due to the size of the tires on the atv! The dog should have been kept in the yard and not out in the road ANY vehicle could have killed the animal just as easy! And yes he should not have been on the road either! Accidents happen and its always a life lesson learned! So quit putting the blame on the driver!
  • by Pat B Location: clayroot on Jul 29, 2011 at 04:04 AM
    first of all alcohol was not a factor
  • by anonymous Location: pitt county on Jul 28, 2011 at 07:57 PM
    does sound like alcohol was a factor...his judgment was definately impaired .... so sorry for the loss of the family pet and for the girls injuries riding on the back.
  • by Clay Root Road Location: Clay Root on Jul 28, 2011 at 07:14 PM
    First off he is lucky to be alive he killed our dog who was more like our child and almost killed someone else’s daughter. You have no idea the void you have put in our lives but I hope maybe he has learned something from this.
  • by debby Location: greenville on Jul 28, 2011 at 01:49 PM
    so sorry for the dog and the dogs family.. the driver of the ATV was irresponsible to driving this fast with a person on the back and then not to have helmets on.... he can only blame himself...
  • by karen Location: winterville on Jul 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    definately driver fault... not the dog at all.... he had no business going this fast period , and without a helmet..... geezzzzzzzzzzzz glad he got charged...
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      by Pat B on Jul 30, 2011 at 06:55 AM in reply to karen
      wouldnt be the dogs fault if you hit in ur car either huh
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 28, 2011 at 10:44 AM
    I'd have to bet the dude would have never thought even a single thing like this would have resulted. I feel like you should'nt even have to have a license to drive a four-wheeler on the road, especially if you don't have to have one to drive a mopehead. As far as the dog owner, I feel really bad for him/her for their dog passing away and even more with the possibility of being sued. Another thing, it's not smart at all to be going 50 MPH on the road at night.

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