FIRST ON WITN: Accident With Military Vehicle Sends Three To Hospitals

An accident that involved a military vehicle required East Care to fly a woman to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville all the way from Onslow County.

Highway Patrol Trooper J.D. Kirk says 23-year-old Mellisa Kaye Young of Hubert in Onslow County rear-ended a light armored vehicle, or LAV, from Camp Lejeune on Highway 24, near Kellumtown Rd. The accident happened around 1:15 a.m. Thursday.

Troopers say there's no sign that Young tried to brake at all as the military vehicle slowed to turn right into a Camp Lejeune training facility off Highway 24. The military vehicle was driven by Pfc. Daniel Treadway, who is stationed at Camp Lejeune. Trooper Kirk says there were three or four military vehicles headed to the tactical landing zone when the accident happened.

One of Young's passengers was flown to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Another went to the Naval Hospital aboard Camp Lejeune. Young was taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville. Trooper Kirk says she was alert and talking.

Trooper Kirk says alcohol is factor in the crash and that Young submitted to blood tests. He says Young will be charged, but the exact charges are pending.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2009 at 12:22 AM
    I love you Jennifer! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • by missie Location: eastern n.c. on Jun 14, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    we love you jennifer and were praying for you.
  • by CS Location: USA on Jun 12, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    Responding to CS Location, please don't refer to drunk driving deaths since there wasn't one. It is a shame there were injuries, but it's a blessing that injuries heal. Let this be a reminder to us all, SEAT BELTS SAVE LIVES and DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE. The driver and passengers alike need our prayers.
  • by CS Location: Jacksonville on Jun 12, 2009 at 12:14 PM
    Jacksonville doesn't have many drunk driving deaths like this involving MILITARY vehicles. Thats why it was a bigish story. The one that was flown to Pitt got really messed up :( WE ARE HERE FOR YOU Jennifer Hesley!
  • by concerned citizen Location: atlanta on Jun 12, 2009 at 05:26 AM
    ok, i totally agree with concerned citizen. so many people assume that everyone is up to no good when it may have been an accident. I am praying for the girl in her time of need.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Jun 11, 2009 at 09:24 PM
    kaybea ... not everyone that is out that time of night is looking for trouble. I happen to travel home from work at that hour and I know several people that travel to work or from work at the time or later. So please dont assume that everyone out at that hour is up to no good.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jun 11, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    It was probably camo or cell phone related.
  • by kaybea Location: jax on Jun 11, 2009 at 12:27 PM
    she couldn't pay attention! she'd been drinking!! nothing good happens at that hour anyway. i guess that's one way to meet a Marine. nice going lady.
  • by MIKE Location: eastern carolina on Jun 11, 2009 at 07:37 AM
    So whats the big deal about flying a injured person from Onslow CO. to Pitt. It happens everyday all over Eastern Carolina people are transported by EAST CARE back to Pitt. WITN really needs to do away with some of their drama. It's starting to make people sick!!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington on Jun 11, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    Pay Attention!
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