First Posted: 1/15/2009
LUMBERTON - A Lumberton man died Sunday after his pickup truck crashed head-on into another vehicle on N.C. 72. The death of James Oxendine was one of two road fatalities this weekend.
Oxendine, 20, was killed when his 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck crossed the center line and collided with a 1996 Ford pickup truck being driven by Leonardo Cruz, according to Sgt. M.W. King of the state Highway Patrol.
Oxendine lived at 3057 Lowe Road.
Cruz, 18, of Turtle Drive, Red Springs, was treated and released at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, but two passengers were more seriously injured. Alberto Sanchez and Javier Sanchez, both of Scotts Mobile Home Park, Red Springs, were taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center and transferred to separate hospitals. Their conditions were unavailable.
Oxendine was traveling on N.C. 72 near the intersection of Cold Storage Road about two miles east of Lumberton when the crash occurred about at about 12:10 a.m. King said it's unclear why Oxendine's truck crossed the center line.
In separate accident, a South Carolina man driving at more than 100 mph was killed in a single-car accident near Maxton.
Ricky McInnis, 32, of Rosewood Drive, Clio, S.C. died after he lost control of the 1999 Chrysler he was driving about eight miles south of Maxton, King said.
McInnis was traveling north on N.C. 83 when he ran off the road and the vehicle overturned in ditch. He was thrown about 109 feet from the vehicle.
“He was going 120 mph on a two-lane road …,” King said.
The accident occurred at about 9:38 p.m.