A Wake County Sheriff’s deputy responding to a vehicle accident never made it to his destination the afternoon of Sunday, March 13, after his patrol car crashed into a tree on Wendell Boulevard.
Another, two-vehicle wreck, involving one that overturned, was reported eight minutes earlier on U.S. 64/264 between the Smithfield Road and Business 64 exits. Sheriff’s office spokesman John Dee Jones on Friday confirmed the deputy was en route to that crash at the time his own occurred.
Reports from the N.C. State Highway Patrol show Wake Deputy Derek Wesley Johnson, 27, of Knightdale, was driving west on Wendell Boulevard near Micro Measurements Group about 3 p.m. when his patrol car “hydroplaned, went off the road to the right and struck a stop sign.”
The patrol car then struck a tree where it came to rest, the report by Trooper M. Cerbone shows, doing an estimated $7,000 damage to the vehicle.
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The report by the trooper indicated the deputy’s “rear passenger side tire was very low on air and had a nail in the center of the tire. The tread depth was minimal and worn.”
The deputy was unhurt and was not charged with any traffic violations. The report estimates his vehicle was traveling 60 mph in the 55 mph zone.
Eight minutes earlier on the Knightdale Bypass (64/264), two vehicles were involved in an accident just east of Smithfield Road.
Both vehicles were traveling east on the highway when Brittany Bostic, 19, of Danville, Va., braked due to heavy rain and slowing traffic, according to the accident report. Laurie Vincent, 44, of Greenville, failed to reduce speed despite reportedly going the posted limit of 70 mph and collided with the back right corner of Bostic’s 2003 Ford, the report shows.
The report by Trooper J.W. Carroll says Vincent’s car then collided with an embankment and overturned before coming to a rest. Both drivers were uninjured and Vincent was charged in the incident with failing to reduce speed.
The accident did what troopers estimated to be $15,000 worth of damage to Vincent’s car, a 2011 Hyundai, and $2,000 to Bostic’s car. Vincent’s car was not drivable after the accident while Bostic’s was, according to the report.
The reports also indicate no one was transported to the hospital as a result of the wrecks.