The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of a traffic crash on Blewitt Falls Road in Rockingham on March 8 that killed two people.
According to the police report and to Sergeant Travis Harper, Ta Ku Say, 25, was driving a 1999 Isuzu Sport Utility Vehicle with six other people in the car when he ran off of the road and hit a tree.
The report said, “Vehicle 1 was traveling South on SR-1141 (Blewitt Falls Rd.). The driver or the vehicle (Say) ran off the road to the right and stuck a tree. Vehicle 1 came to a final rest near the area of impact on the Southbound shoulder of SP-1141.”
Say was transported to Richmond Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, according to Harper.
According to the obituary, Say died at UNC-Chapel Hill on March 9.
Na Bann, 49, was the front right seat passenger and died on impact, according to the police report. Harper said they are not sure why Say ran off the road.
Police are currently waiting on the Medical Examiner’s report to determine if alcohol or drugs played a factor in the crash. “Speed was related because he was going above the speed limit,” Harper said. The posted speed limit was 55 mph, Say was traveling 65 mph, and had slowed down to 60 mph at the time of impact, according to the report.
The other passengers in the car were Win Pyo Pyo, 10, Lin Tun, 4, Mu Paw Kee, 6, and Shwe War, 35. Harper said all of the other passengers, besides Say and Bann, were “… transported to Richmond Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”
A spokesperson at Richmond Memorial Hospital said they were no longer in the hospital and could not give a release date.
— Staff Writer Laura Edington can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at email@example.com.