May 242013


Friday, May 24, 2013

The truck in a wreck that killed an ECU student was traveling at the speed limit when it hydroplaned in the rain on Arlington Boulevard, a preliminary report said.

The Ford F-250 hit standing water in heavy rain about 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

The driver lost control near Red Banks Road and traveled into the oncoming lane, hitting a two-door Honda Accord nearly head-on.

Mithell Grey Wilkerson, 17, of Grimesland was at 45 mph — the speed limit on that section of Arlington — when the wreck occurred, according to the Greenville Police Department crash report.

The Honda driven by Elizabeth Ann Griffiths, 22, an East Carolina University student killed in the crash, also was traveling 45 mph, the report said.

Sgt. Joe Friday said the report is preliminary, and an investigation is ongoing. No decision has been made about charges, he said.

The truck was traveling in the left-hand westbound lane, the report said. It crossed over the center passing lane before it hit the Honda, which was in the left-hand eastbound lane.

After impact, the truck continued across the eastbound lanes 122 feet before hitting a tree.

via The Daily Reflector.


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