Icy Roads Kill Lenoir County Woman

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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  • by Old Guy Location: Kinston on Jan 18, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    To MIKE @ 7:40PM: By the way, Timmy Woolard works for the Kinston Police Department and has never worked as a state trooper.
  • by mike Location: choco on Jan 12, 2011 at 04:40 PM
    im so sorry to hear about this . i guess u never know when ur time is gonna come. my condolences go out to the family. only thing gets me. the state is still taking up for themselve by saying that the speed was excessive. what is wrong with this world . the lady was doing 15 under the speed limit. why does government do this. why do they train there men to say something so overwhelming to the truth of the matter to take up for there name and blame someone. dam this country.i appologize to the family and for our governmaent. this was a state troopers wife by the way.
  • by jj Daughety family Location: kinston on Jan 12, 2011 at 01:51 PM
    We are sorry to hear of your loss. paula was such a sweet person.you are in our thoughts and prayers. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. S o sorrt to hear of your loss.Weare praying for you.
  • by Lisa Location: Kinston on Jan 12, 2011 at 01:03 PM
    Paula use to keep my kids when she was younger and she was so good with them. It was nothing for them to build a teepee in the living room or break out in a game of nerf guns...they always had fun with her and she was so caring with them. Timmy and Grant Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing someone is difficult but when your life is only really just beginning makes it almost unbearable. Lean on each other and your faith and you will get through this most difficult time. Timmy continue to love them babies and know that Paula will always be a part of them. God Bless all you.
  • by ED Bundy Location: Hookerton on Jan 12, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    Brother's Harper,Timmy, and John and Mrs. Brenda, I am truly sorry for Paula's passing. No words can do justice to what a great lady she was. And she came from a fine family. Please know my family is praying for you all . God bless you all. We love you!
  • by debra on Jan 12, 2011 at 11:38 AM
    Heaven sure has another beautiful angel. So sorry for the family and friends that knew this lady. My heart aches for each of you.
  • by jason grant Location: greenville on Jan 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM
    I want to send our thoughts and prayers to Harper,Brenda,Tim,John, and the kids. Her great personality and beautiful smile will be missed. From the Grant family: Mable Grant, Adonis & Connie Grant,and Jason & Kelly Grant. If there is anything we can do please let us know.
  • by Thin Blue Line Location: Williamston on Jan 12, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    Thoughts a prayers with you and your family brother.
  • by George Location: Kinston on Jan 12, 2011 at 10:23 AM
    Prayers with the family
  • by The Tyndall Family Location: Akdrige Store Rd on Jan 12, 2011 at 10:19 AM
    I am very sadden by this tragic accident.My family and I are thinking and praying for you during this difficult time.

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