The fatalities began about 10:40 Saturday morning when Jerry Ray Hardin, 36, of Pembroke was struck and killed as he ran across I-95 to aid the people in a car that was in flames. He never made it. As his family watched, he was struck by a vehicle driven by Steven Edward Short of Dundall, MD near Exit 31 in St. Pauls.
Mr. Hardin, who was on his way with his wife and child to the State Fair, darted westward out in front of the Short vehicle, a 2007 Chevrolet truck, which was traveling north. Mr. Hardin and the truck both came to rest on the shoulder of the interstate. Neither Mr. Short nor his wife, Debbie, was injured, according to Trooper H. P. Locklear’s report. No charges will be filed.
Parkton cyclist killed
The second accident occurred about 10:34 Saturday night on Rural Paved Road 1927, which is Cain Road, about 6.8 miles east of St.Pauls.
According to Trooper J. K. Locklear’s report, twenty year-old Tramayne Ray of Parkton was driving a Suzuki motorcycle, which was had been modified and was powered in part by nitrous oxide, at about 100 miles per hour when he struck a 2005 Chevrolet backing out of a private driveway.
The driver of that car, Caroline Jones, 25, of Shannon, was backing south onto RP 1927 but failed to yield and backed into the road, where she was hit by Mr. Ray’s motorcycle. She then moved her car and parked it in the roadway. Ms. Jones was charged with DWI and other charges are pending.
At about 8 am Monday, a Shannon Road woman and her 10 year-old daughter were killed in a two-car accident on Rozier Church Road, SR 1765.
According to Trooper R. M. Hunt’s report, 28 year-old Rita Lea Flores was attempting to drive her 2005 Dodge Neon onto the road from a private driveway, near Hwy 301, when her vehicle was struck by the 1999 Ford Explorer being driven by Jacqueline Godwin, 43, of Tolar Road in St. Pauls.
Mrs. Flores’ car was “struck squarely in the driver’s side door.”
The car then caught fire, and men at the house she had just left broke out the rear window and extracted Mrs. Flores, who was belted, and her daughter, Mara Flores, who was riding in the back seat and who was not wearing a seat belt, before the vehicle was totally engulfed in flames. Both died at the scene.
Mrs. Godwin, who was wearing a seat belt, was not seriously injured as her airbags deployed at impact. She was not at fault and there will be no charges filed.