ROCKINGHAM — Sixteen people lost their lives in crashes throughout the state this Memorial Day weekend, but state troopers said Richmond and Scotland counties saw no deaths or serious injuries.
Two of the fatal wrecks happened in nearby Robeson County; one on Moss Neck Road that killed 17-year-old Adara Taylor Baker, and another on N.C. 41 just south of Lumberton that took 10-month-old Kailey Hunt’s life when the car her mother was driving ran off the road and overturned before hitting a tree.
The next nearest of the crashes, in Hoke County, happened about 8 miles west of Raeford.
“Here, there was nothing out of the ordinary,” said Sgt. S.S. Scott of the North Carolina Highway Patrol station in Hamlet. “Just the typical deer accidents. We didn’t even have any alcohol-related traffic issues.”
Hamlet police said officers there were only called to one crash — a three-car pileup at U.S. 74 and N.C. 38 that happened when a van stopped suddenly as a car was turning onto Boyd Lake Road. No one was seriously injured.
Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly also reported a light weekend in the city limits.
“We only had two wrecks over the whole weekend,” Kelly said. “It was unusually slow, even for a regular weekend. We’re doing Click It or Ticket, and that might be making a difference.”
Memorial Day weekend officially began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight Monday.
Fatalities were only slightly up this year across the Tar Heel State. Troopers reported 14 fatal crashes over the holiday weekend in 2013. This year’s figures are preliminary and are based only on crashes reported to the Highway Patrol as of midnight Monday.
In addition to fatal wrecks in Robeson and Hoke counties, the N.C. Highway Patrol also reported the following traffic fatalities:
- Yancey County, 2 miles west of Burnsville
- Wayne County, about 3 miles from Goldsboro
- Rowan County, 3 miles west of Salisbury
- Brunswick County, Persimmon Road near Carolina Shores
- Gaston County about a half mile west of Cramerton
- Iredell County, 8 miles north of Statesville
- New Hanover County, about a mile south of Wilmington
- Harnett County, about 4 miles east of Angier
- Burke County, on Pax Hill Road about 5 miles north of Morganton
- Person County, on McGhees Mill Road north of Roxboro
- Durham County, west of Fletcher Chapel Road on U.S. 70
- Rutherford County, on Bostic Sunshine Highway eight miles north of Bostic.
Reach reporter Melonie Flomer at 910-997-3111, ext. 18.