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UPDATE: Beaufort man charged in fatal wreck

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Published: Jan. 22, 2020 at 6:01 PM EST
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Charges have been brought by the district attorney against a man who troopers say crashed his truck head-on into another driver.

District Attorney Scott Thomas says that Leighman Hardesty, 26, of Beaufort, has been charged with aggravated felony death by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter.

It was back on January 22nd around 12:15 p.m. that troopers say Hardesty was heading west on NC 101 near Old Winberry Road in his Chevy Silverado pickup truck. Officials say he went left of center and crashed head-on into a Toyota FJ Cruiser driven by Floyd Woolbright, 50, of Havelock.

Woolbright died at the scene while Hardesty was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with serious injuries.

Thomas says the highway patrol's investigation showed that Hardesty was driving in a reckless manner and over the speed limit for that area.

It was also discovered that Hardesty had impairing substances in his body, Thomas said.

The DA says that Hardesty was arrested after he was released from Vidant and had his first court appearance Wednesday.

Hardesty's bond was set at $500,000 and he was ordered not to use a vehicle, possess alcohol, or any controlled substance.

His next court date is March 6th.


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The Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed a man and sent another to the hospital.

Trooper Adam Collins says it happened around 12:15 p.m. south of Harlowe in Carteret County.

Collins says that Leighman Hardesty, 26, of Beaufort, was driving his Silverado pickup truck west on NC 101 near Old Winberry Road when he went left of center and hit a Toyota FJ Cruiser driven by Floyd Woolbright, 50, of Havelock.

Woolbirght died at the scene while Hardesty was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with serious injuries, according to troopers.

A third vehicle was clipped when the FJ Cruiser was pushed back. That driver was not injured.

Collins says that charges are pending in the case.