On July 24, charges were filed against a driver involved in a July 11 crash near Stedman in which one passenger died and others suffered personal injuries.
According to warrants, 35-year-old Paul Maddison Purvis was charged with death by motor vehicle. Additionally, he was cited for driving with an open container of alcohol, driving on a revoked license, and driving too fast for conditions. His bail was set for $20,000.
On the day of the incident, Purvis was driving a red Nissan pickup truck that collided with a utility pole on Maxwell Road near Hayfield Road, court documents said.
In the crash, Purvis’ passenger, 29-year-old James Reinbeau, was ejected from the vehicle and died.
The charges were filed by Highway Patrol Trooper C.W. Ferrell, who said that Purvis was driving in a reckless manner and was intoxicated. He told magistrates that upon his arrival, Purvis was trapped beneath the truck and there was a strong odor of alcohol.
Purvis was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh after the crash in critical condition.
Ferrell said there were two other passengers in the truck at the time. One passenger, 50-year-old James Manley Raynor, lost an arm in the crash. The other passenger, 43-year-old Braddock Bernard Gross Jr., sustained minor cuts and bruises.
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