Charges still pending in N.C. 403 wreck


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



Charges are still pending in a Monday wreck on Faison Highway that forced the power to be turned off in Timberlake Country Club, N.C. Highway Patrol authorities said.

The female driver, whose name was withheld pending the investigation, reportedly lost control of her vehicle at about 6 p.m. Monday, running off the road to the right just north of the country club’s second entrance on Faison Highway (N.C. 403).

There has been speculation as to whether the driver was impaired, but Highway Patrol Trooper J.F. Smith, who is investigating the wreck, did not disclose any major contributing factors and noted that his probe — and the final reports — had not been completed as of yet. He said the inclement weather could have played a factor.

“It was raining hard and she ran off the road to the right, struck a ditch and a pole,” Smith said. “The vehicle was entrapped in the pole and became entangled in the power lines.”

He declined to discuss speed or other factors, noting the ongoing investigation. The female driver was in the vehicle by herself and it was a single-vehicle incident, the trooper said.

“Charges are still pending. Everything is under investigation,” he said. “The report has not been finalized.”

The trooper did say that firefighters responded to assist in removing the vehicle from the power lines. The power was turned off in the Timberlake and surrounding area at their request so that it could be removed safely.

“The power was still on (when the wreck happened),” Smith stated. “The power company had to turn the power off to get her out of the vehicle. The power stayed off for about three hours.”

The woman was reportedly transported to Sampson Regional Medical Center, where she was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.

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By Chris Berendt

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