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Woman killed in two-vehicle collision

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Local emergency officials said a woman who was driving this Nissan Versa was killed after the vehicle collided with an N.C. Department of Transportation truck on North Hughes Boulevard, Friday.

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By William F. West
The Daily Advance

Saturday, July 14, 2018

ELIZABETH CITY — An Elizabeth City motorist was killed on Friday when her car collided with an N.C. Department of Transportation truck on North Hughes Boulevard, a police spokeswoman said.

Eloise Ida Hastings, 57, of the 900 block of North Road Street, died from injuries she suffered in the collision near the intersection of North Hughes Boulevard and Richardson Street, Officer Barbara Morgan said.

The driver of the 2016 Ford Super Duty truck that collided with Hastings’ 2015 Nissan Versa was identified as Randy Harrell, 23, of Hertford. Emergency officials said Harrell was released from the scene.

Morgan said police are still investigating what caused the collision, which was reported at 11:27 a.m.

An EMS official said it appears Hastings’ Versa was headed north on North Hughes Boulevard, crossed the center line and collided with Harrell’s truck, which was headed south. Morgan, however, declined to confirm that information, saying that is part of the police investigation. 

Morgan also declined to say whether Hastings and Harrell were driving the speed limit prior to the accident, or if Hastings was wearing a seat belt.

Ronnie Riddick, pastor of the nearby Word of Reconcilation Church, said he was inside when he said he a heard a “boom.” Riddick said he at first did not pay it any attention because sanitation trucks routinely make noise when emptying containers.

However, when he walked outside, he said a woman who attends his church told him there had been a wreck.

"So when I saw the cop cars and all, I walked over," Riddick said.

Riddick called the accident “really bad.”

"It's something. I mean, it's horrible, really,” he said.

Riddick, who has been pastor of the Hughes Boulevard church for 24 years, said he had seen crashes on North Hughes Boulevard before but Friday’s was the worst he has seen. 

"That car is demolished, it really is," he said.

Riddick said he was praying for the deceased motorist and the DOT driver.

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