Officials: Speed a factor in Tolarsville Road fatality


First Posted: 1/15/2009

ST. PAULS -- The state Highway Patrol says speed was a factor in a one-car accident on Tolarsville Road Monday that killed a St. Pauls man and injured two others.
In an unrelated accident Sunday, charges are expected to be filed against a Pembroke woman stemming from a two-vehicle accident near Pembroke that killed a mother and daughter and injured seven others. Brenda Brooks did not fail to yield at an intersection, which The Robesonian erroneously said Monday.
On Monday, Derrick Edward Stewart, 42, was driving a 1989 Nissan passenger car on Tolarsville Road between 85 and 90 mph when he lost control, according to 1st Sgt. Randy Hammonds of the state Highway Patrol.
The accident happened about 6:40 p.m., seven miles southeast of St. Pauls. Stewart was thrown from the car.
A front-seat passenger, James Darrell Gilchrist, 32, of Louisdale Street in St. Pauls, was treated and released from Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
Albert Dexter Dry Jr., who is 30 and lives on Page Lake Road, St. Pauls, was also ejected from the vehicle, Hammonds said. Dry was in fair condition this morning at Duke University Medical Center. He was sitting in the back seat.
“Stewart was traveling north on Tolarsville at a high-rate of speed,” Hammonds said. “He ran off the road on the right, went out of control, crossed back over the road and hit a ditch and a tree.
Gilchrist was wearing a seat belt. It is unclear if Stewart and Dry were wearing seat belts.
Sunday accident
Hammonds said that the Highway Patrol anticipates charging Dale Vene Sampson, 41, of Pembroke, with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle in the Sunday accident.
Sampson, who was driving a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer east on Evergreen Church Road about 50-55 mph, failed to yield at the stop sign at the intersection of Union Chapel Road. Sampson's vehicle struck a 1988 Eagle that was occupied by a family of six. Two were still in hospitals this morning. The others were treated and released.
Esther Bryant, who was 64, and her daughter Patricia Tyler, who was 46, were killed. Bryant lived on JG Farm Road near Pembroke and Tyler lived on Mt. Zion Church Road near Maxton.
Bryant's sister May Bell Jacobs, who is 77, was listed in critical condition this morning at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
Bryant and Tyler were passengers in the Eagle driven by Bryant's daughter, Brenda Brooks. Brooks was traveling south on Union Chapel Road about 50-55 mph.
Motorists traveling on Union Chapel Road have the right of way, he said.
Passengers in the Mountaineer were Sampson's son, Warren Allen Bowen, and her granddaughter, Kayla Graham, 4,
Graham was in fair condition this morning at Duke University Medical Center.

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