NEW BERN - A car carrying four people crashes and flips on Highway 43 near Highway 70 in Craven County. The youngest passenger was only one year old. The wreck happened Tuesday morning.
Trooper Steve Brown says speeding on the slippery road was only part of the problem for the driver, Tiya Hill, 21. She was cited for not having insurance and failure to have her car inspected since 2010.
"Here's the tread depth indicator; this is telling you that this is where the tire should be replaced," said Jimmy McGowan, owner of McGowan's Towing & Recovery, as he pointed to a worn-out line on Hill's tires.
McGowan said Hill is just one of many people who fail inspections.
"80% of the 300 customers I see fail inspection for worn tires and brake light issues," McGowan said.
It hasn't been long since Gov. Perdue signed a new law exempting vehicles that are three years old or newer from annual checks. Trooper Brown says regardless of the car's age, drivers still have to pass yearly safety tests of tires, headlights, wipers and other parts.
McGowan says there's a simple task to keep you out of harm's way.
"It's just common sense to walk around and look and say hey that tire don't look safe," he said
Everyone made it out of the car with minor bruising. Hill faces several charges, including tire violations and no insurance.