2 killed in wrecks near Lumber Bridge

LUMBER BRIDGE — Separate accidents on N.C. 71 near Lumber Bridge this weekend killed a Fayetteville resident and a Shannon resident.

Nicole Kay Locklear died in a three-vehicle wreck at about 12:38 Saturday morning after she crossed the center-line of N.C. 71, side-swiping a passenger car before colliding with a tractor trailer behind it, according to the state Highway Patrol.

Locklear, 28, lived on Rilla Lane in Shannon.

According to a report filed by Trooper K.D. Williamson, Locklear was traveling south on N.C. 71 about a mile north of Lumber Bridge when her Chrysler minivan crossed the center-line, side-swiped the passenger car, ran off the road to the left and came back onto the roadway, striking the truck.

Sgt. Phillip Collins, with the sate Highway Patrol, said two occupants in the passenger car were uninjured and the driver of the commercial vehicle was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. Their names were not available this afternoon.

The report said Locklear, who was traveling about 70 mph in the 55-mph zone, was not wearing a seat belt.

On Friday afternoon, Latonia Mae Perkins was killed in a head-on collision on N.C. 71 about 1.5 miles south of Lumber Bridge.

Perkins, 37, was traveling north on the highway in a 2003 Cadillac Passenger car when it was struck head-on by a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck operated by Christopher Sweatt, of Peabridge Road, Laurinburg, according to a report filed by Trooper D.L. White. The accident occurred at about 3:23 p.m.

Perkins, who was not wearing a seat belt, lived on Rolling Hill Road in Fayetteville.

Sweatt, 32, has been charged with driving left of center and with misdemeanor death by vehicle. Sweatt was uninjured. His wife, who was a passenger in the car, suffered minor injuries, the report said.

By Sarah Willets

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Sarah Willets can be reached at 910-816-1974 or on Twitter @Sarah_Willets.

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