3-car wreck causes minor injuries

First Posted: 11/3/2014

ROCKINGHAM — A three-car wreck sent several people to the hospital with minor injuries Friday evening.

Cathy Wright said she was sitting in the turn lane on Rockingham Road in her Ford Expedition when she saw a Ford Windstar van — driven by Niesha Chavonne Robinson — pull out of Browder Park into the path of an oncoming Toyota Sequoia—driven by Dianne Davis Puckett of Ellerbe.

“Why’s she pullin’ out?” Wright said she thought to herself.

According to the police report, Robinson was turning left and failed to yield.

The Sequoia collided with the Windstar on the left side of the van, which was then pushed head-on into the front of Wright’s SUV.

Puckett’s vehicle, which was traveling at the posted speed limit, traveled 82 feet before coming to a rest on the left shoulder of the road.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies had Rockingham Road blocked at the intersection of Long Drive.

Rockingham police investigated the wreck.

Damage to the van is estimated at $5,000 while the damage to Puckett’s Sequoia is estimated at $7,000. Neither vehicle was drivable and both were towed away.

Wright’s Expedition received an estimated $600 worth of damage.

The report does not indicate how many people were taken to the hospital, but states that the injured parties were taken to FirstHealth Richmond Memorial.

According to the report, Robinson was cited for “failing to see before turning.”

A Duke Life Flight helicopter was also initially dispatched, but first responders canceled that call after arriving on scene.

Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.