Driver Charged In Greenville Crash

The driver of an SUV, that fell asleep at the wheel on Highway 264 in Greenville Saturday night and crashed, has been charged.

19-year-old Cornelius Keech Jr. of Grimesland has been charged with reckless Driving.

Trooper A.B. Smith told WITN Keech's 2002 Ford Explorer was heading west into Greenville on 264 when he fell asleep at the wheel around 8:20 p.m. and crossed into the grass median.

Keech then tried to over-correct and lost control of the vehicle flipping the SUV twice in the median just east of North Campus Crossing.

Seven people were in the Explorer at the time of the crash, including an infant.

There were injuries in the crash, but none appear to be life threatening. The infant appeared unharmed in the crash.


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  • by Co-Worker Location: CHOCOWINITY on Feb 21, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    Its a accident move on! Most of you bored just gathering news from what you hear...need to worry about your own family Im sure you have problems of your own so hush all!
  • by Family member Location: Washington on Feb 21, 2011 at 04:07 PM
    I am really surprised at how people can get so hung up on things like wearing a seat belt. Instead of every one of you getting on your knees and thanking GOD that everyone in the accident was ok you find yourself asking why weren’t they wearing their seatbelt, why was he cleared by a doctor to drive, why was he driving in the first place? Maybe good judgment was not made, but who of us have gone one day without making a wrong choice? It truly saddens me to see how quick people are to judge and to put someone down who has obviously been in a traumatic experience. To those of you with negative comments I’m not sure if you’re bored with you lives or just not right with GOD. So if someone needs to be questioned maybe it’s you! To my cousin and every one involved, I love you and I'm praying for you.
  • by anon Location: gville on Feb 21, 2011 at 03:57 PM
    Michael - Sleep Apnea does NOT make you fall asleep randomly, that is Narcolepsy. Sleep Apnea is when you stop breathing in your sleep, which is why people need the CPAP machine. And I agree with EASTERN NC, that if he has a sleep disorder but has been cleared to drive, he shouldn't be charged. If anyone should be charged it's his doctor because the kid obviously shouldn't be driving. To Hmm - Explorers are made with three rows of seats, to seat 7 people. I don't know if that is they kind they had, but they do exist.
  • by Hmm. on Feb 21, 2011 at 12:49 PM
    Are there even enough seatbelts for 6 Adults and a carseat in an Explorer?
  • by Michael Location: Vanceboro on Feb 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM
    FYI Sleep Apnea is a disorder that can have you falling asleep during the day, even when you stop at a stop light ! The majority of obese people have it and need a CPAP machine to use at night when they sleep, although my pulmonologist stated many who need to use one don't because they don't like the way it feels. Think about this the next time you see obese people in Walmart ! www.sleepapnea.org
  • by Fed Up Location: Greenville on Feb 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM
    To Correction: And what experience do you have at a wreck scene to say it is not safer to wear a seatbelt. I have many years of responding to wrecks of folks that have planted their face in a windshield or went flying out of a vehicle like superman. Sure accidents can happen and injuries occur in spite of wearing a seatbelt. I'm sorry to hear about your uncle, but that is not the typical result of accident vitims wearing a seatbelt. Bottom line: your chances of surviving an accident are temendously increased when wearing a seatbelt.... Concerning the victims in this case, God's hand was most definately upon you all. I am real glad everyone is alright. God has aplan for you!
  • by Kathy Location: Chocowinity on Feb 21, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    If a person has a sleep disorder, they should not be allowed to drive! That is no different than a person with a seizure disorder that is not allowed to drive. See what happens? Someone could have easily been killed.
  • by correction Location: greenville on Feb 21, 2011 at 09:30 AM
    TO: fed up and seatbelts. you say that you have been working for the ems and yada, yada, yada but never seen someone get killed from wearing there seatbelt. well heres a news flash.. it happens. my uncle just got killed because of the seatbelt. it broke his neck! if he wasnt wearing it, they say that he would still be here. seatbelts can save.. but they can also harm to.
  • by Brooke on Feb 21, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    If what Victor (below) is saying and the kid really does have a sleep disorder, there shouldn't be any charges. Jerry: Good point. A drunk may have a delayed reaction but an asleep person has NO reaction!
  • by blah Location: greenville on Feb 21, 2011 at 08:58 AM
    TO: save lives. you say that you have been working for the ems and yada, yada, yada but never seen someone get killed from wearing there seatbelt. well heres a news flash.. it happens. my uncle just got killed because of the seatbelt. it broke his neck! if he wasnt wearing it, they say that he would still be here. seatbelts can save.. but they can also harm to.
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