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SHP crashes: Failure to reduce speed causes two-vehicle wreck


The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Two people were uninjured after a woman’s vehicle rear-ended another car on N.C. 33 on Feb. 5, according to a weekly review of crashes investigated in Pitt County by the State Highway Patrol.

Haleigh Mariah Barker of Grimesland was traveling west on N.C. 33 — just east of Smithtown Road near Grimesland — at 9:26 a.m. when she failed to reduce her speed and rear-ended another vehicle driven by Cyril Luke Torayno Laput of Greenville.

Laput was slowing for traffic. After the crash, both vehicles came to a rest near the area of impact, according to the report.

Barker was estimated to have been traveling 55 mph at the time of the impact. Laput was estimated to have been traveling at 35 mph. The speed limit for that section of the road is 55 mph. 

Neither driver was injured in the collision, the report showed. 

Barker’s 2014 Chevrolet incurred an estimated $5,000 in damages while Laput’s 2014 Chevrolet incurred an estimated $4,000 in damages. 

Barker was charged with failure to reduce speed, according to the report. 

The wreck is among seven the State Highway Patrol investigated recently in Pitt County, according to reports available between Feb. 5 and Monday. Wrecks involving deer and other animals are not included.

Feb. 5 7:48 a.m.  Evans Street Exceed safe speed One None
Feb. 5 12:20 p.m, Pocosin Road DWI One One
Feb. 5 5:27 p.m. U.S. 264 Alternate Failure to reduce speed Two None
Feb. 5 9:43 p.m. Private vehicular access Inattention Two None
Feb. 6 2:53 p.m. Clarks Neck Road Failure to reduce speed Two None
Feb. 6 6:41 p.m. Fire Tower Road Failure to reduce speed Three Two