A string of fatal automobile accidents in Columbus County continued on April 5 when a teenager from Tabor City became the fifth person to suffer fatal personal injuries within a four day span, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
According to Trooper K.K. Conner, 19-year-old Kuamane Charles McCord died in a single-vehicle crash on Old Stake Road, approximately two miles north of Tabor City, shortly after 11:30 p.m.
McCord was a passenger in a 2004 Nissan driven by 19-year-old Daniel Patrick Young. The car was southbound before it crossed the center line, hit a ditch, and flipped end-over-end, coming to rest facing to the east in a field. McCord was ejected from the vehicle.
Young received ambulance transport to Loris Community Hospital in South Carolina. He was later transferred to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach. He was released after undergoing treatment, according to a spokeswoman from the hospital.
Four more traffic fatalities occurred in the four-day span between Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5. A pedestrian was fatally struck near Whiteville on Friday, a Whiteville woman died in a three-car crash on Saturday, a Chadbourn man died in a single-vehicle crash on Sunday, and a Bolton woman died in a single-vehicle crash on Monday.