A police officer's wife who was taking her daughter to the doctor's office is the second person to die in the state because of the winter storm.
State troopers say 32-year-old Paula Woolard of Kinston died Tuesday morning after her pick-up truck crashed into a tree on Pauls Path Rd. near Willie Measley Rd., between Kinston and La Grange.
Troopers say the victim was the wife of Kinston Officer Timmy Woolard.
1st Sgt. C.L. Johnston of the Highway Patrol in Lenoir County says the wreck happened around 8 a.m. Tuesday when Woolard's pickup truck hit an icy patch and lost control of her Toyota Tacoma. The truck went off the road to the right and hit a tree.
The woman's two year old child was also in the car, Johnston said. The child was not injured and troopers say she was being taken to a doctor's office at the time of the accident..
Johnston said not all of the road was icy. The icy patch the woman hit was beneath some trees that shaded that spot on the road, allowing the ice to remain intact while other parts had thawed, Johnston said.
Trooper J.J. Zamora says Woolard was traveling 45 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, but that her speed was still excessive enough to cause the accident. He says that a speed in the 15 to 20 MPH range would have been advised due to the ice.
The Highway Patrol says a young man died in a weather-related accident Monday night in Person County. Nine other traffic related deaths have been reported in other southern states since Monday.
Greenville Police say multiple wrecks on an icy bridge at the Tar River on Westbound US 264 forced them to shut the bridge down temporarily. Patrol cars were stationedon the bridge to urge drivers to slow down.
The Highway Patrol says they responded to nine vehicle accidents on US 264 in Pitt County. The area of the bypass between Highway 33 and Highway 43 was so treacherous that the Pitt County Sheriff's Office stationed patrol cars there to urge drivers to reduce speed. A member of the Red Oak Volunteer Fire Department says some of the accidents did cause injuries that led to people transported to the hospital.
Both spans of the Greene St. Bridge in Greenville were also closed due to wrecks caused by the ice.
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