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Charges Brought In Crash That Killed Young Father

The Highway Patrol has brought charges against an elderly driver who they say caused an accident that killed a young father. The head-on crash happened Wednesday morning on Highway 117 in Duplin County.

Troopers say 21-year-old Jonathan Norris of Beulaville was killed after the vehicle he was driving was struck head-on by another vehicle driven by 72-year-old James Mainor of Rose Hill.

According to troopers the crash happened on Highway 117 at Yellow Cut Road at 7 a.m. Wednesday. They say Mainor was traveling north on Highway 117 and did not see a car stopped in front of him attempting to turn left at the intersection. When Mainor did see the stopped car, he swerved left into southbound, oncoming traffic. He then hit Norris's vehicle head-on.

Troopers say Norris was in the car with his wife and 3-year-old child at the time. Both were transported to the hospital. Troopers say the child has a broken leg, meanwhile the wife does not have life threatening injuries.

Mainor was also transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Troopers say Mainor has been charged with death by motor vehicle, driving left of center, and careless and reckless driving.


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