Single-vehicle wreck claims two victims

Published 12:35 am Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Speed, alcohol may be to blame for deadly crash

Two Columbia men were killed in an early morning one-vehicle wreck Sunday in Beaufort County.

Two other passengers in the vehicle, also from Columbia, were listed in serious condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital on Monday morning.

The wreck occurred on Wharton Station Road just south of Cherry Run Road, said 1st Sgt. R.P. Hargrove with the N.C. Highway Patrol’s Washington office, during a brief interview Monday afternoon.

A 2003 Ford Taurus driven by Daniel McClees, 29, ran a stop sign, ran off the road to the right, entered a ditch, traveled into a wheat field, struck a tree and burst into flames, according to Hargrove. McClees and Bobby Jay Moore, 23, the passenger in the front passenger seat, were killed in the wreck, Hargrove said.

Back-seat passengers Yuri Spencer, 28, and Zarian Tekeen-Kensasha Bowser, 21, were seriously injured and taken to a hospital.

The Taurus was traveling an estimated 80 mph to 85 mph when the wreck occurred, according to Hargrove. The speed limit on the section of Wharton Station Road where the wreck occurred is 55 mph. Consumption of alcohol appears to be a factor in the wreck, he said. The medical examiner’s office was expected to work up toxicology reports on the victims, Hargrove said.

“We haven’t received anything yet,” he said Monday afternoon.

The wreck closed the road for several hours. Troopers C.W. White and M.S. Potter investigated the wreck, Hargrove said.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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