Car accident sends 5 people to hospital

Car accident sends 5 people to hospital

HARKERS ISLAND, CARTERET COUNTY - A head-on collision on Harkers Island sent five people to the hospital on Tuesday night.

State troopers said it happened on Harkers Island Road around 7:15.

They said Cameron Lewis, 18, was driving his Toyota pick-up truck recklessly when he veered into the wrong lane and hit a Suzuki car head-on. That car was driven by Shelby Garner, 20, according to state troopers.

Trooper Rob Melby said Lewis was driving around 55 to 60 mph in a 35 mph speed zone. Investigators said Lewis also had three 17-year-old girls inside his truck.

Trooper Melby said both of the vehicle's front bumpers were jammed together with the cars turned sideways, blocking the road.

"He hit the car head on and pushed the car and truck 52 feet back," he said.  

Rose Griffin said she was sitting on the porch with friends when she heard the crash.

"We heard the squealing of tires, almost like an explosion. So we ran out here to see what had happen," she said.

Griffin said many people call the spot on Harkers Island Road where the wreck happened "dead man's curve." Investigators believe Lewis was racing another car before he rounded the curve.  

"One of the girls was in the road and I tried to help her the best I could, and shortly after that the rescue people showed up," Griffin said.

Trooper said the driver of each vehicle was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. They are now listed in fair condition. The passengers inside the truck were taken to Carteret General Hospital, we're told with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators said Lewis is charged with reckless driving, driving left of center and not wearing a seat belt.

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