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N.Y. man faces multiple charges in I-95 wreck after Kenly woman dies
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N.Y. man faces multiple charges in I-95 wreck after Kenly woman dies

A New York man faces multiple charges after slamming into the back of a Kenly woman’s car on Interstate 95 on Wednesday afternoon. 

Kenly resident Lucy Phillips Webb, 70, died and two others were injured in the wreck. 

Thomas Wooten, 67, of St. Marks, Staten Island, New York, hit the back of Webb’s Ford Taurus, "literally shoving it forward,” according to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper R.C. Pugh. 

Troopers investigating the crash, which backed up rush hour traffic, found evidence of high speed, carelessness, recklessness and weaving in and out of traffic, Pugh said. 

"We do suspect alcohol was involved,” Pugh said. 

Webb’s passenger, Sheila L. Thompson, 54, of Kenly, received minor injuries. 

Charges are pending against Wooten, who was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, said North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. R.E. Westbrook. 

Troopers have worked long hours on the case and already consulted with the district attorney’s office, Pugh said. Their investigation continues. 

Pending charges include involuntary manslaughter, felony death by motor vehicle, failure to decrease speed, careless and reckless driving, expired registration and expired inspection, according to the Highway Patrol. 

The wreck backed up traffic from Mile Marker 120 near the Raleigh Road Parkway exit. 

Witnesses said Wooten’s vehicle, a Mazda RX-8, was speeding and ran into the back of the Ford Taurus, Westbrook said. 

The wreck came right before the official start of the July 4 weekend period where traffic safety awareness is heightened as well as traffic itself. 

"Our interstates are going to be very congested,” Pugh said. "We’re going to be out in force to try to curtail offenses like these from happening.” 

Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 14 fatal collisions and 561 injury collisions during the July 4th holiday period in the state. 

In 2013, there were 353 alcohol-related fatalities in North Carolina. Fewer people have lost their lives to alcohol-related crashes this year, with statistics showing 105 alcohol-related fatalities through June 20, compared to 164 at the same point last year, according to state statistics. 

In Johnston County on Thursday, a multi-vehicle wreck closed I-95 North and South for an hour in Selma. Traffic was detoured and injuries also reported. 

In Wednesday’s wreck, Wilson police and Wilson County Sheriff’s deputies also responded and helped direct traffic. Wilson County Emergency Medical Services responded to wreck victims along with Wilson County Rescue. Numerous volunteer firefighters responded, including those from Contentnea. 

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mama said...

I thank some of y'all that told y'all storys n showed support may my grandma be with us in spirit

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM
monique dearmon said...

My life will never be the same. Lucy Louise Phillips Webb we love and miss you and although you have been taken from us so suddenly by recklessness, we will carry your in our hearts forever more and know that you are now secure in arms of the Lord.
I have always had sympathy for the victims and their families that have been affected by tragedies of this nature but I never thought that I would be someone that must now empathize. This pain aches through my body and triggers rage to my soul. My mind is numb and I cannot focus. Day to day I observe and determine how vulnerable my life is and how easily one could take it away from me, from my children, my fiance, my parents, loved ones and how they too could be taken from me. Every minute of every hour, everyday I lay down to sleep, every time my phone rings, I am afraid of the possibilities that await. I want thank everyone who has posted comments and sent condolences, please know we truly appreciate the feedback from you and hope that you will keep our family in your prayers as we heal hearts and minds. Anyone seeking to help make a change in legislation to declare an enactment of administrative law to capture and prosecute these offenders with real charges and sentencing. Please email us at God Bless

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2:24 PM
Linda Holmes said...

the day before, the day of, the days after, my life will never be the same. the day before I had my mom, whenever I needed to talk to mom she was just a phone call a way, or to go see my mom she was just miles a way. the day of , the most devastating day of my life why did she have to leave this world so tragic, because of someone decision to get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence. the days after, an open wound that will take the spirit of the living God to heal. what will it take for people to understand that a car can be a deadly weapon when you make the choice to get behind the wheel of a car under the influence. maybe an acohol device should be a standard feature in all vehicles. also cars should not be able to go no faster than the speed limit posted. hey I,m just saying technology. LIVES BEFORE PROFIT

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8:45 AM
Doug turk said...

To the nameless poster: I have called 911 on previous occasions & unless you're willing to chase the offender it's a useless effort. My 1200 mile reference was in response to the poster who suggested I call the DA & pass on my observations of the driver. Others had already done so & my 1200 mile distance was a factor as well. So what's your problem with that?

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM
Mary D said...

To my aunt that i loved and truly will miss. God have you now and i will never forget you. I am glad she called me to confide in. She was having a bad day.the devil's busy all day, everyday. Drunk drivers should give up their life in prison. Like when they take someone else's life. Consequences!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 at 1:56 AM

Sorry for the tragedy and empathize for the loss. But I think some are being overly harsh on our law enforcement. For those that witnessed the reckless driving prior to the wreck, did you call *hp when you saw the reckless driving and report it?? That might have possibly stopped the tragedy from happening. How many opportunities did we miss from previous hours that day on I95 to stop this person by calling law enforcement as an involved and concerned citizen? Did anyone take it upon themselves to call at any time for any of these incidents you mentioned? Did anyone (if you had a passenger) video it or take a picture of the jerk? No, you make excuses of law enforcement not being on every mile of every road at all times. We read comments on here about someone who witnessed the jerk yet doesn’t do anything about it and even uses being 1200 miles away as an excuse. BTW, 12 miles or 1200 miles is no difference in this day of technology. A State Trooper can’t be on every mile of every road in NC; just not possible and if they stop everyone speeding they’ll never be available to stop the truly reckless people like that person. I drive both I95 and US264 just about every day and I’ve seen a lot of people stopped in both Johnston and Wilson County but they do not have the resources or time to stop everyone because if they did, sitting beside the road writing up a report gets us nowhere but more people in an already overloaded court system. I applaud our law enforcement for taking the risks they take knowing our State Patrol has one of the highest risks jobs in law enforcement.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 at 10:49 AM Observaton said...

On traveling to and from the beach the last week, I observed several incidents that could be changed to improve travel for everyone. Maintain speed, for no reason people go from 45 to 65 and back again, nearly impossible to use cruise control. If you don't care to go the speed limit (and see a line of vehicles behind you) pull over and let the faster cars go by. Use your turn indicators!!! Do not pull out of your drive in front of one car and turn into the next drive way. After going slow in the nopass zone, don't speed up when the coast is clear. Enough ranting...I could go on.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 at 7:36 AM ole wilson boy said...

Its just here in Wilson County people drive like idiots don't blame the NCSHP its everywhere
Trust me.

Monday, July 07, 2014 at 8:18 AM To mr issite said...

As the wife of a trooper, I can tell you that you have the state budget cuts to thank for that. Few want to pay for more troopers until this happens.
My prayers are for the families involved.

Monday, July 07, 2014 at 9:01 PM Mr Issite said...

This can be directly attributed to the fact that the NC Highway Patrol is completely ineffective at enforcement. I travel I95 7 days a week, and cannot remember the last time I saw a patrol car, or anyone stopped on I95. It has been years! When is the last time you passed a patrol car in Wilson County..... My point exactly. No agency in Wilson is proactive about traffic enforcement, that's why people drive like they do here.

Sunday, July 06, 2014 at 2:00 PM Mr Turk...This is Wilson said...

Unfortunately, this is Wilson County NC. There will be NOTHING done with this individual, because of our criminally weak and crooked justice system here. He WILL walk away with a misdemeanor conviction at best. Keep an eye on the status, I'll bet you my yearly salary that I am right. The DA's office, the magistrates office, and judges here are the most incompetent you will ever encounter in the entire USA. It is a shame, but NO ONE will do anything about it in good ol Wilson County. The suspect will be glad that it happened here when all is said and done. Most DWI charges here are either dismissed, or plea bargained; even ones involving accidents and fatalities. Sorry, but the justice system in this county is a complete joke!

Sunday, July 06, 2014 at 1:52 PM Doug Turk said...

According to the article there were many reports of what the killer was doing. That's why I decided to Google the accident, to ensure the police/ DA were informed. If those quotes weren't in the article I would call them. Also, when the blood/alcohol results come back he'll be done. I'm 1200 miles away.

Saturday, July 05, 2014 at 2:42 PM Saddened said...

I am saddened by this loss of life. I, too, was in a similar situation on the way from Snow Hill and Stantonsburg on July 4th. A man is a car behind me suddenly pulled out and passed to the front of me. He had no room to go around me because there was traffic coming on the other lane. This road ( HWY 58) is a two lane road. I slammed on the brakes to avoid his car from crashing into mine or the other ones in the other lane. As soon as he could he again pulled out and caused someone in the opposite lane to have to pull off the road. It could have been death to all of us. I did not see the car for another 10 minutes when I ended up behind him when we were at the stop light in Stantonsburg. I followed him into the Piggly Wiggly Parking lot. I got out and asked him if he was alright. He was a clueless older man and he said he was fine. I said I thought maybe something was wrong the way he was passing people in a hurry. He said the other cars were going too slow. I said I was not alright. I told him that his driving had upset me very much. He apologized and said he was sorry it upset me. I told him he could have killed us all and to please stop driving that way. And I also said, all that passing people got you and I to the same place at the same time. I hope this man thinks about what I said and how concerned I was. I hope he sees this and realizes that he did not get there (the grocery store) any sooner and he put a lot of people in danger with his driving.

Saturday, July 05, 2014 at 1:45 PM linda holmes said...

we read in the papers we see it on the news, but until it happens in your life words cant explain the emotions , the why my mom, God lets me know that they will be times of trials and tribulations in this world I will continue to trust God during this season in my life. God bless all the people lives that was effected by this senseless fatal tragedy ,that took my mothers life here on earth.

Saturday, July 05, 2014 at 10:31 AM TO Doug turk said...

You need to call or go by the Highway Patrol office and tell them this. I'm sure they would want to hear this so it can be more evidence to put this jerk behind bars.

Saturday, July 05, 2014 at 8:57 AM Doug turk said...

That jerk nearly ran us off the road & then passed two cars by driving off the road on the right shoulder. The idiot needs to spend the rest of his useless life in prison. We passed the wreck before any 1st Responders had arrived but others were already assisting.

Friday, July 04, 2014 at 6:20 PM wreckless said...

It's an everyday occurrence on I-95 that people drive like crazy fools. Especially the ones with the big SUVs. They get right up on your tail and will stay there until you move. Also, when you're changing lanes they practically plow you down to keep moving. On any given day people drive 90 mph and even higher. I hate to say it, but most of these people are not from NC. Time for the HWP to take some action.

Friday, July 04, 2014 at 3:59 PM Dee said...

Yet, people never take warning to be careful and stop driving reckless. I've known this family since they stayed in Micro. Someone else loses their life to impatience. Sad

Friday, July 04, 2014 at 2:46 AM exNYer said...

Oh dear. So this is what we wondered about driving the other way. My condolences.

Thursday, July 03, 2014 at 6:14 PM michael howell said...

I believe this was the accident my grandmother was killed in

Thursday, July 03, 2014 at 10:32 AM
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