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Man Killed In Highway 264 Tractor/SVU Crash

Funeral arraignments are set for a man killed when his SUV hit a tractor on Highway 264 in Pitt County.

27-year-old Matthew Hales died in the crash July 20th. The funeral was held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday July 27th in his hometown of Rockford, Michigan.

Although Highway Patrol said the tractor should not have been on the limited access highway and Hales failed to reduce speeds to avoid the collision, the district attorney, Clark Everett, decided charges would not be filed against the tractor driver. Calls to Everett about that decision have gone unanswered.

Hales leaves behind a wife and two children.


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The Highway Patrol reports the District Attorney's office will not file charges in a deadly tractor accident on U.S. 264 in Pitt County.

Matthew Hales of Greenville was killed when his SUV slammed into the back of the slow moving tractor near the Mozingo Road intersection Wednesday morning. State troopers say because that part of U.S. 264 is a limited access highway, the tractor should not have been driving on it.

According to Master Trooper Doug Coley, the DA's office says they will not pursue charges against the tractor driver, Douglas Anderson of Farmville.

Coley says the accident report it will indicate as a contributing factor to the crash that the tractor was improperly on a limited access highway and that Hales failed to reduce speed to avoid the collision.

Troopers say Hales was going about 70 miles per hour, which is the posted speed limit, while the tractor was driving around 25 miles per hour when the crash happened.


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The Highway Patrol says the driver of an SUV which rear-ended a slow moving farm tractor on U.S. 264 has died. The Highway Patrol says that tractor should not have been on the divided highway.

Troopers identify the dead driver as 27-year-old Matthew Hales of Greenville.

Authorities say Hales' SUV crashed into the back of the tractor near the Mozingo Road exit. Both drivers were taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital as a result of the crash which happened around 10:15 a.m.

Witnesses say the SUV driver didn't slow down for the tractor. After the collision the SUV went off the right side of the road and into some woods. Hales had to be extricated. The tractor ended up in the left lane of the highway.

Troopers say there was a lot of debris on the highway, which delayed them from reopening the road. The DOT says the farm tractor needed a permit to operate on the limited access highway.


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