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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  • by Superdave Location: Greenville on May 30, 2011 at 07:11 PM
    When are people going to start wearing seatbelts!!!
  • by adrienne baker Location: farmville on May 30, 2011 at 03:47 PM
    In response to Must Be A Family Member...I am, and regardless of the cause of any accident the parents, sister, brother in law, neices, and other family are grieving the loss of a person they loved. I assure you, noone ever knows when this may happen to them...even the ones so easy to criticize and assume they know what happened here! RIP Don!! To my Aunt and Uncle...my prayers are with and I pray you never have to hear or read all the negative remarks...you were blessed to have him as your son, and he was blessed to have you as parents!!
  • by Cisko Location: Greenville on May 30, 2011 at 01:49 PM
    The article didn't say alcohol/drugs were involved. It said it was being investigated to see whether they were involved. That means there was no overwhelming evidence they were involved. That is not making a statement but trying to imply facts not in evidence .
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      by Me on May 30, 2011 at 06:26 PM in reply to Cisko
      It does not mean there was no overwhelming evidence they were involved. It means the blood will be tested to determine if alcohol/drugs are in his system and if so, determine the amount. A lawyer you are not!
  • by Kathy Baldree Location: Farmville on May 30, 2011 at 12:42 PM
    Can you guys give it a rest. This man's family is grieving. This is the third family member this family has lost in a week. Just saying.
  • by me on May 30, 2011 at 05:58 AM
    Good Grief, everyone get a grip. My heart goes out the this family.
  • by Cisko Location: Greenville on May 30, 2011 at 05:19 AM
    I'm not bashing anyone; and I'm not a moron. Anytime alcohol/drugs are reported as a cause, a point is being made.
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      by Me on May 30, 2011 at 11:36 AM in reply to Cisko
      Anytime alcohol and/or drugs are reported, it is a statement of fact, not to make a point. You can make any point from the facts that you wish. Also, just because alcohol and/or drugs are involved, that does not necessarily mean they are the cause of the collision. It would depend on the type and amount of alcohol/drugs ingested, injected, inhaled or consumed and the time period they were introduced into the body. If the person was impaired because of the alcohol/drugs, then they could have been a contributing circumstance to the collision.
  • by Public servant on May 30, 2011 at 04:03 AM
    Hey LEO Bashers! You bunch of idiots! Whether they say so in the paper or not, in a situation such as this they will ALWAYS check do a tox screen. The main reason is to determine what happened, not "make a point". And in fact they DO test LEO, Fire, EMS and all other civil servants. It is part of your employment contract that if you are subject to be tested not only at ransom, but anytime you have ANY type of accident (fall and break your arm, fall off a ladder, injured while chasing someone) or have a patient incident (unexpected bad outcome, drug error, etc.) or ANY type of driving accident whether it was your fault or not. Now that you morons are a little more educated, feel free to comment your thoughts and prayers for his family. Public Servant
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      by Concerned on May 30, 2011 at 04:35 AM in reply to Public servant
      Wow. You need to go take a drink and breathe for awhile.
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        by geezzzz on May 30, 2011 at 07:48 AM in reply to Concerned
        in reply to public servant Good lord, you need to chill out. While reading your post I felt like I was in the class room. First of all, I am not a moron, and your sentences run on and on. Second of all, I really don't think they test at"ransom", but at RANDOM. If your going to teach public servant 101, learn how to spell.
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        by Served? on May 30, 2011 at 02:46 PM in reply to Concerned
        Unfortunately, police have changed from public servants to para-military goons who just want any chance to kick your door in and shoot you, and want no accountability for it. The "war" on texting and driving will be next - "drop that cell phone or I'll shoot!"
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          by Anonymous on May 30, 2011 at 03:38 PM in reply to Served?
          I hope the war on texting will be next. That's about the stupidest thing a person can do, nobody has a right to kill me because they're stupid.
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          by What? on May 30, 2011 at 06:19 PM in reply to Served?
          What???
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      by huh? on May 30, 2011 at 08:53 AM in reply to Public servant
      "subject to be tested not only at ransom"? Someone going to hold you hostage and demand a ransom before you get drug tested? Maybe you shouldn't put down anyone else's education until you at least learn to proofread your comments yourself. I think you meant random.
  • by Anonymous Location: grimesland on May 30, 2011 at 02:48 AM
    I couldn't AGREE with you anymore..YOU ARE SO RIGHT ON! Does Anyone remember the accident that happened a little over 4 yrs ago, on Green st, when the Officer collided head on with another vehicle killing himself,& the other driver? I don't remember them Ever saying they were gonna test him before releasing any info?? shoot,he had No Sirens/Lights to warn anyone of his EXCESSIVE Speed,& His Over-Correctiveness but that was OK i guess since he was an Officer of the Law??!!! just NOT right, they too are just like us, they put their pants on 1 leg at a time! Hoping this family finds some Peace...My Prayers and Sympathies go out to this family...
  • by Cisko Location: Greenville on May 29, 2011 at 07:01 PM
    In many of these cases, it seems that LEO & the media hope alcohol/drugs are involved to make a point.
  • by cb Location: martin on May 29, 2011 at 06:37 PM
    is this the don ellis that use to work at NACCO across from Grady White?
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      by Nana on May 30, 2011 at 06:48 AM in reply to cb
      I don't know about the NACCO part, but this guy was raised in Greenville and went to the Greenville schools. We grew up in the same neighborhood. Hate to hear this, prayers and thoughts to his family.
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