Three people suffered personal injuries and one man died in an accident in which alcohol may have been involved on January 29. The crash took place at approximately 11 p.m. on Highway 401 at the Stagecoach Road intersection, approximately four miles south of Warrenton.


The North Carolina Highway Patrol says that 41-year-old Warrenton resident Eric George Hawkins was southbound on Highway 401 at a high rate of speed when he ran off the road, overcorrected, crossed the center line, and then spun around backward and collided with a northbound Ford Escape driven by 25-year-old Norlina resident Vernisha Latrice Gonzalez.


Also in the Escape were 33-year-old Norlina resident Cornelius Burt and 26-year-old Louisburg Octavius Jermaine Burt, who died in the crash.


Two of the victims were pinned inside the vehicles. Afton Fire Chief Joey Andrews requested two medical helicopters for assistance.


According to the NCHP’s report, alcohol is suspected to have been a factor in the crash.

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