06/27/06 — Driver ejected, killed in one-car crash

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Driver ejected, killed in one-car crash

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on June 27, 2006 1:55 PM

An officer from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was killed this morning when her car ran off Beston Road near its intersection with Pointe Drive.

Air Force officials asked that the victim's name be withheld pending the notification of the family.

The woman was traveling northbound shortly before 9 a.m. in her gold GMC Yukon when the SUV crossed left of center, troopers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.

Patrol Sgt. Will Thurston said at that point, she overcorrected and the vehicle turned on its side, skidding off the shoulder into a culvert.

Thurston added that when the vehicle hit the culvert, the driver's window broke and the woman was ejected from the vehicle. The SUV then rolled on top of her.

"She died instantly," Thurston said.

First responders from the El-Roy Volunteer Fire Department, state Highway Patrol, Wayne County Sheriff's Department and Wayne County EMS were at the scene within minutes of the call.

Officials from Seymour's Security Forces Squadron were at the scene.

When crews rolled the vehicle back over, troopers finished their report.

"It doesn't appear speed was a factor," Thurston said. "It does appear she was not wearing a seat-belt."

Thurston added Seymour officials have requested that they be the ones to notify the victim's family. Permission was granted by the Highway Patrol on the condition that notification be made in a timely manner and that information regarding next of kin be relayed back to their office for inclusion in the final accident report.