The motorcyclist who crashed into a pickup truck in Onslow County Tuesday was driving on one wheel at the time of impact.
Trooper JD Kirk says at 2 a.m., 21-year-old Edward Shofner of Maple Hill was listed in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Shofner was airlifted there from the accident scene in Onslow County Tuesday evening. Kirk says he has been unable to get an update on Shofner's condition.
Trooper Kirk says Shofner hit the pickup truck of Perry Parker of Jacksonville as Parker tried to make a turn. Parker was not injured.
Witnesses told troopers the traffic on Blue Creek Rd. was backed up because of an earlier accident on the two-lane road. Shofner then went into the oncoming traffic lane and started speeding by the vehicles in front of him, Kirk said. The wreck happened at the intersection of Jim Blake Rd.
Charges are pending against Shofner.
Trooper JD Kirk says 21-year-old Edward Shofner of Maple Hill went left of center in a no-passing zone on Blue Creek Road, and accelerated past 8-10 cars, at times driving on his rear wheel at speeds between 60 and 70 miles per hour. Troopers say a driver in a pick-up truck was making a left turn onto Jim Blake Road when Shofner collided into the rear of the truck.
We were unable to get a condition update on Shofner as of late Tuesday night.