Man Killed In Wreck

The Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal wreck in Pitt county Saturday night.

According to troopers 53-year-old Billy Don Ellis of Grimesland was killed in the wreck around 9:20 p.m.

They say Ellis was driving a 2000 Nissan Altima north on Black Jack Simpson Road when he ran off the road to the right near the intersection of Beddard Rd. Troopers say Ellis then over-corrected and went off to the left, he then collided with a ditch and overturned several times. Ellis was then ejected from the vehicle.

He was transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Officers say they are investigating to see whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

Officers say Ellis was going over the posted speed limit, but they do not believe that speed was a factor in the crash.

They say Ellis was not wearing a seat belt.

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