A Lumberton man has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle in the Robeson County car accident that killed his passenger and another driver on July 5. The North Carolina motor vehicle collision occurred at a stop sign at the four-way intersection of Rennert Road and McQueen Road.
Heckel, 21, reportedly failed to stop at the stop sign and was driving at a speed of 35 miles per hour when his vehicle was hit by a pickup truck traveling at about 50 mph. The driver of the pickup truck, Fred Nelson Gibbs, was wearing a seatbelt at the time, but it malfunctioned and he was thrown from his vehicle. He died at the crash site from his injuries.
Also killed in the Lumberton car accident was Brittany Graybill from Clayton. The 20-year-old was Heckel’s girlfriend and a passenger in his vehicle. She was later pronounced dead at a Fayetteville hospital.
According to North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper R.D. Wright, who is investigating the case, it is not clear why Heckel did not yield the right of way. Wright does not believe that speeding, drugs, or alcohol were a factor.
North Carolina Car Accidents
Not only is failure to stop at a stop sign a traffic violation, but it can also lead to serious injuries or deaths. Most motorists responsible for causing traffic crashes never intended to become involved in any type of accident let alone cause North Carolina wrongful death or personal injury.
Clayton woman dies in accident in Robeson County, Clayton News-Star, July 12, 2010
Monday accident takes 2 lives, Robesonian.com, July 5, 2010
Related Web Resources:
North Carolina Department of Transportation
Accidents and Injuries, Nolo