A 79-year-old Grantham woman died in a fatal vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon and her husband remains in critical condition at ECU Health Medical Center.
Emmit Jones, 80, of Grantham, was driving a 2013 Chrysler Pacifica eastbound on N.C. 55 with his wife, Carolyn Alphin Jones, 79, at about 2 p.m. Wednesday when the vehicle was struck by a 2001 Ford F-350 pickup truck that was traveling northbound on Grantham School Road, said 1st Sgt. Michael Dorsey, with the N.C. Highway Patrol.
The driver of the pickup truck, Daniel Coldwell, 38, of Havelock, ran a stop sign and the truck struck the Chrysler in the N.C. 55 and Grantham School Road intersection, Dorsey said.
Carolyn Jones was pronounced dead at the scene and Emmit Jones was taken to Wayne UNC Health Care and transported to ECU Medical Center in Greenville for treatment, Dorsey said. Emmit Jones was in critical condition Thursday.
Coldwell was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and a stop sign violation, Dorsey said. Coldwell was not injured in the wreck.
The posted speed limit in the area of the accident is 55 mph. Dorsey said troopers are working to determine the estimated speed of the drivers prior to the accident.
Dorsey said Coldwell was driving alone from Havelock to Carowinds theme park in Charlotte when the wreck happened. He did not confirm why Coldwell ran the stop sign.