Midway grads, young boy killed in head-on wreck


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



Three people are dead, including two Midway High School graduates and a 5-year-old boy, following a head-on collision on Tew Road in northern Sampson County Saturday evening.

The wreck reportedly occurred at 5:27 p.m. on Tew Road, not far from Baptist Chapel Road and about 7.6 miles from Falcon, according to reports from local N.C. Highway Patrol officials, who are still investigating the wreck. Two others were transported to Cape Fear Valley Health in Fayetteville to be treated for their injuries.

Katie Lynne Lee, 21, of Christy Lane, Dunn, a Midway graduate and local dance instructor, was traveling on Tew Road away from Baptist Chapel Road, in the Godwin area of Sampson County. The collision occurred about two miles south of U.S 13. Lee was driving in a 2008 Nissan Altima when a 2007 Nissan Murano, a mid-size-SUV, crossed the center line traveling the opposite direction toward Baptist Chapel, Highway Patrol First Sgt. David Kinlaw said.

The Murano was occupied by four people, Jason Nathanial Williams, 32, his wife Zulema Williams, 34, and their two children — a 5-year-old boy and 1-year-old girl, whose names were withheld by Highway Patrol officials. Jason Williams and his young son were killed. Williams, a Midway graduate of Tyn-Co Lane, Godwin, was known as “Franchise.”

The fatal wreck is being investigated by Trooper C.C. Hall, who went to Cape Fear in Fayetteville Saturday evening to speak with Zulema Williams, who survived the collision. Kinlaw said late Saturday that Zulema had to go into surgery before she could talk with Hall in detail about what occurred.

Kinlaw said it was “too early” to speculate as to what, be it inattention or other factors, caused the vehicle to cross the center line. He said the incident was still under investigation, and troopers were still in the “early stages” of that probe with information still forthcoming.

“The (SUV) passed the center line and into Lee’s path of travel,” Kinlaw noted. “We don’t know why yet.”

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By Chris Berendt

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