Troopers identify woman killed in 18-wheeler crash in Beaufort County

Troopers identify woman killed in 18-wheeler crash in Beaufort Co.

CHOCOWINITY, BEAUFORT COUNTY - The Highway Patrol has identified the woman killed when her car collided with an 18-wheeler in Beaufort County Thursday morning.

According to troopers, Sandra Woolard, 60, of Greenville, was heading to her son's house before she died in the crash.

Woolard was driving her Toyota Corolla on Possum Track Rd. in Chocowinity, when the driver of the tractor-trailer, 52-year-old Thomas Hawley, crossed the center line and hit Woolard's vehicle head-on, troopers said. It happened at about 6:10 a.m. Thursday morning.

Woolard's car went into an embankment, while the truck continued traveling for 150-200 feet, then crashed into a barn, investigators said. The barn collapsed when the truck was pulled out.

The crash happened in front of Beverly Clark's home. 

"[I had] just sat down with my coffee and I heard the kaboom, I mean it was a big loud sound," said Clark. "I knew it was bad so I just grabbed the phone, called 911 and went out the door."

Clark said she approached Woolard's car and attempted to keep her awake.

"She would open her eyes and... she was responding to my talking, but she was in and out," Clark said.

Hawley was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, troopers said. He and a passenger, Randy Lancaster, were both transported to Vidant Beaufort Hospital, where they were treated and released.

Trooper Arnold Hammonds said he will be looking at Hawley's records to see if the truck driver went over hours or had fatigue. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Hawley was driving the 18-wheeler for Maxwell Foods, but the truck did not contain any livestock.

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