Three people not wearing seat belts were ejected from a speeding sport utility vehicle Saturday night on a rural road in Johnston County, and one of them died.
State troopers said alcohol and speed also were factors in the fatal crash.
Emergency workers said the person killed, Paul Woodall, 30, of Four Oaks, was a front-seat passenger in a 1995 GMC that veered left of the centerline.
The driver, Andy Pilkington, 23, of Four Oaks, snapped the SUV back onto the road where it overturned. Woodall, Pilkington and back-seat passenger Timothy Toole Jr., 25, of Four Oaks were ejected, said Lt. Jeff Gordon of the N.C. State Highway Patrol.
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The accident happened about 11 p.m. on Juniper Church Road, just outside of Four Oaks, Gordon said.
State troopers say the SUV was traveling above the posted speed limit at the time of the crash.
Emergency workers pronounced Woodall dead at the scene. Pilkington and Toole were transported to WakeMed in Raleigh, where they are listed in critical condition, Gordon said.
Troopers are consulting with the Johnston County District’s Office before filing charges, Gordon said.