Authorities say a 27-year-old man from Johnston County died and his friend sustained serious personal injuries in an ATV accident on November 20.


Johnston County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said that Four Oaks resident Thomas Murphy was found dead on the morning of the accident after he apparently lost control of the ATV and crashed.


Amaon said that Murphy’s passenger, 20-year-old Savannah, Georgia resident Jessica Wadsworth, was knocked unconscious and sustained serious injuries in the crash.


According to Amaon, the two were riding in woods owned by Johnston County Community College in the southern part of the county near Turkey Pen Ridge Road.


Amaon said that the pair was found when Murphy’s brother became concerned around 6:30 a.m. when Murphy didn’t show up for work. He repeatedly called their cell phones, eventually reaching Wadsworth, who told him they’d both been injured.


Amaon said that Murphy was pronounced dead at the scene. Wadsworth received transport to WakeMed with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

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