Triangle Briefs

Man charged in deadly accident

From Staff ReportsMarch 20, 2007 

— A Princeton man has been charged in an accident in Johnston County on Friday that killed one person and injured three, according to the highway patrol.

Charlie Strickland III, 21, was charged Monday with misdemeanor death by vehicle, exceeding safe speed, driving left of center, and operating a vehicle with unsafe tires.

Thelma Rhodes, 79, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at about 5:15 p.m. Friday.

Her son, Larry Rhodes, 50, was in critical condition Monday at WakeMed. His wife Betty Jo Rhodes, 49, is in stable condition there. The Rhodes family is from Goldsboro.

Strickland's girlfriend, 20-year-old Brenda Hinson, was in serious condition at WakeMed.

Trooper J.M. Dorsey said Strickland was driving his black 1994 Buick about 50 mph on a curvy, two-lane road in wet conditions when he crossed the center lane and hit the 2004 silver Buick driven by Larry Rhodes.

Dorsey said the back tires of Strickland's car were practically bald, which contributed to his losing control of the vehicle.

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