Driver of horse-drawn buggy killed in Friday night accident


First Posted: 7/19/2010

MAXTON A Maxton man was killed Friday night when the horse and buggy he was driving on the highway was struck from behind. Two other vehicles were involved in the accident, but there were no other injuries to people.
According to a report by Trooper M.J. Miles of the state Highway Patrol, Zelbert Locklear, 56, of 12829 U.S. 74, Maxton, was traveling west on Rural Paved Road 1312 in a horse and buggy that did not have rear lights when the accident occurred in the dark, at 9:22 p.m.
Locklear was killed when the buggy was struck by a 2002 GMC pick-up truck being driven by Roger Lee Hunt, 67, of 1528 Canal Road, Maxton. According to the report, when the collision occurred the horse broke free and struck a 1997 Nissan passenger car in the left front that was traveling east on the highway.
The Nissan, which was being driven by Desiree Chavis, 27, of 63 Chav-an Drive, Maxton, had three passengers inside, but none of them were injured.
It was unclear this morning how badly injured the horse was or whether it survived.
There was $1,000 worth of damage done to the GMC, $750 to the horse and buggy and $200 to the Nissan, according to the report.
The accident happened about two miles north of Maxton.

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