Crash kills passenger

Published 10:56 am Tuesday, August 17, 2010

By Staff
Staff Reports
22-year-old Williamston man was killed early Sunday morning as the result of a single-vehicle crash, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Roger Thomas Williams, 22, a resident of Prison Camp Road in Martin County, was a passenger in the 2004 Ford Mustang involved in the accident about 8.3 miles north of Washington near the intersection of Old Bear Grass Road and U.S. Highway 17, according to 1st Sgt. K.P. Pitts with the Highway Patrol’s office in Washington. Williams was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, he said.
The fatal crash was investigated by Trooper C.E. Ashley. Josh L. Skiles, the driver of the Mustang, was charged with driving while impaired and failing to stop at a stop sign. Other charges are pending, Pitts said.
The wreck occurred about 4:08 a.m. Skiles, who turned 21 on Monday, was driving the Mustang east on Old Bear Grass Road when he ran the stop sign at the road’s intersection with U.S. 17, crossed U.S. 17 and struck an embankment, Pitts said. Then, the Mustang went airborne.
“It struck a utility pole about 12 feet in the air — 12 feet up on the pole,” Pitts said.
The Mustang overturned, ejected Williams and landed on its top in a field, Pitts related.
Skiles was transported to Beaufort County Medical Center, where he was treated and released, according to Pitts.