Driver cited in motor vehicle death

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A Pinetops man has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in connection with a fatal wreck on Bridgersville Road Jan. 28.

Jordan Christopher Pittman, of 6409 Faith Baptist Road, was the driver in a single-vehicle wreck that resulted in the death of his passenger.

Gary Keith Cobb II, 26, of Pinetops, died at the scene of the crash.

Cobb, seated in the front passenger seat, was wearing a seatbelt but was partially ejected in the crash. Airbags deployed in the vehicle.

Pittman, 30, faces numerous charges including no seatbelt, exceeding the posted speed limit, failure to maintain single lane of travel, open container of alcohol and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

According to a report filed by North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper M.D. Comstock, the wreck happened at 11:27 a.m. when a 1995 Mercury driven by Pittman was headed northwest on State Road 1418, which is also known as Bridgersville Road.

The vehicle traveled off the road to the right striking the concrete bridge railing over Cattail Swamp, then collided with the opposite side of the bridge before coming to rest, blocking both lanes.

In the wreck report, Comstock noted 5 feet of tire impressions before impact and that the vehicle traveled 83 feet after impact.

According to the report, it was estimated that Pittman was traveling 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Comstock said that alcohol was involved in the wreck but no impairment was detected and that an alcohol/drug test was refused by the driver. A blood test was done on the driver but the results have not been determined.

The vehicle involved in the crash was owned by Jody Matthews Cobb of Pinetops.

Pittman is listed in good condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville on Monday, one week after the wreck.

Pittman has a pending charge of exceeding the posted speed in Wilson County with a court date of July 19.

A court date for the most recent charges has not been set.