Wilmington man’s arm severed as car hits cables in I-40 median

From staff reportsJune 18, 2014 

— A Wilmington man lost part of his arm when a car in which he was riding ran into cables in the median of Interstate 40 in Johnston County, the State Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday near the 334 mile marker, the Meadow interchange, patrol spokesman Trooper Michael Baker said.

Zachary David Hunter, who turned 19 on Wednesday and lives at 9838 Kubeck Court in Wilmington, was a passenger in the 2000 Dodge driven by Brad Thomas Venticinque, 31, who lived at the same address, troopers reported.

Baker said the car was going west on the interstate when it ran off the left side of the pavement, Venticinque over-corrected and the car spun around and the passenger side hit the cables and wound up facing east.

“Inattention and over-correcting steering” caused the accident, troopers determined. They said they were letting the Johnston County District Attorney’s office determine if any charges were warranted.

Venticinque was slightly injured, Baker said. Hunter was rushed to WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh.

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