According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a man from Harnett County died of the personal injuries he suffered when his vehicle ran off the road shortly after 2 a.m. on June 22 on N.C. 217 in Lillington and collided with a utility pole, causing some residents to lose power.
According to the police report, 37-year-old William Dean McKinney was southbound in a 2000 Ford car when he crossed the center line while going around a curve. The vehicle then went off the road, struck a sign and a utility pole, and finally came to rest in a yard.
The report says that McKinney, who was wearing his seat belt, was estimated to have been driving at a speed of 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.
According to a spokesman for Progress Energy, approximately 1,380 of their customers in Harnett and Cumberland counties lost power until around 6:30 a.m. He said approximately 1,200 of those were in the Linden area in Cumberland County.