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A former Wake County school bus driver has pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a wreck in December in which a Raleigh firefighter suffered fatal personal injuries.
On April 8, 52-year-old Garner resident Sheila Wimbush Hall entered her plea of guilty to a misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charge and was ordered by a judge to pay $100 in fines and court costs. The state said that the crash was an accident.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Hall crossed the center line on Ligon Mill Road near Louisburg Road in Raleigh and collided with a westbound station wagon before hitting a truck driven by 35-year-old Wake Forest resident Lt. Harry P. “Flip” Kissinger.
Kissenger, who was a lieutenant at Raleigh’s Fire Station 6, suffered several injuries in the crash, including severe head trauma. He was pronounced dead on December 11.
Hall had been a Wake County Public School System employee since May of 2006. She resigned her position a week after the accident, according to school system spokesman Greg Thomas.
The fire and rescue squad of Blowing Rock said that two of its firefighters died of the personal injuries they suffered in a two-vehicle crash near Marion.
According to the Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue Squad, 23-year-old Jeremy Bolick and 20-year-old Tommy Wright were returning from McDowell Fire and Rescue College when they became involved in the crash.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Bolick lost control of the Ford Mustang he was driving on wet pavement on March 21, causing his vehicle to enter the path of an oncoming vehicle.
Bolick and Wright were pronounced dead at the scene. The occupants of the other vehicle, identified as Jeffrey and Cynthia Bassett, received hospital transport for serious injuries.
According to the NCHP, Bolick was traveling at an estimated rate of 75 mph in a 50 mph zone.
A firefighter in Durham suffered personal injuries on the morning of November 19 when the floor in a building in which he was fighting a fire collapsed from under him.
At approximately 6 a.m., firefighters responded to a call at Royal Oaks Apartments on Mayfair Street. The fire had begun on the first floor before spreading to the basement and second floor.
According to Assistant Chief Dan Curia, a portion of the first floor gave way as two firefighters were fighting the blaze. One firefighter, whose name was not released, suffered an injury to his knee.
Since 2004, five other fires have broken out at the apartment complex, including two in the same building as the November 19 fire.
Fire officials plan to search for things the fires have in common and speak with the complex’s management, according to Curia.