Smithfield Herald

Johnston crash claims Wendell man

A 19-year-old Wendell man died Thursday night when his car went off N.C. 231 in Johnston County, came back onto the highway and hit a tree and a utility police, the State Highway Patrol said.

Troopers said Joseph Warren Early was driving east when the crash happened a short distance west of Harris Wilson Road about 9:40 p.m.

Early’s car went into a ditch, then came back onto the road before colliding with the tree and pole, troopers said.