A Virginia man is facing multiple charges after his car crashed into the side of a tractor-trailer Tuesday on N.C. 86 north of Hillsborough, killing the truck driver.
Taurus Javon Hairston, 34, of Blairs, Va., was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, driving with a revoked license and running a stop sign, N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Christopher Knox said.
Hairston was alert and conscious when troopers arrived, Knox said. He was taken to Duke University Hospital in Durham with serious injuries.
The tractor-trailer driver died at the scene, Knox said. His name is being withheld until his family can be notified.
Hairston, who was driving a 2007 Chevrolet sedan west on Sawmill Road, is accused of failing to stop for the sign at the N.C. 86 intersection around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Knox said. The sedan hit the right side of the tractor-trailer, which was traveling north on N.C. 86, causing it to veer off the pavement and roll onto its side. The truck’s rig caught fire, Knox said. The tank, which was filled with liquid propane, did not leak or burn.
The sedan also ran off the road, Knox said. Alcohol and speed are not considered to be factors in the wreck, he said.
Investigators are attempting to verify the identity of the tractor-trailer driver, who was badly burned, through dental records, he said. The scene was still being cleared when he left around noon Tuesday, Knox said. The work was expected to last into the evening.
Drivers were being detoured onto a route west of N.C. 86 using Carr Store Road and Efland-Cedar Grove Road.