WFMY and Burlington’s Times News are reporting another deadly vehicle crash in the Piedmont today. The crash occurred in the early morning hours on East Gilbreath Street in Graham, NC. The Graham Police Department reports 21-year-old John Paul Hamlett of Buffalo Junction, Virginia was killed this morning when he lost control of his pickup truck.
The truck left the roadway and came to rest upside down in a creek. A Graham Police Department news release says the driver of the vehicle was partially ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers were taken to UNC Hospitals with serious — but not life-threatening — injuries.
Police say speed and alcohol contributed to the accident.
This accident follows two other fatal accidents in the Piedmont this week. On Tuesday a young man, Nate Marburger, died from injuries he sustained in an accident the previous day on US 29 near Greensboro after the driver of the SUV he was riding in fell asleep at the wheel.
On Tuesday a Sophia couple, Clarence and Elizabeth Poe, were killed in an accident on US 64 in Randolph County. That accident occurred when a tire blew out on an El Camino setting off a chain of events culminating in a utility truck colliding head on with the Poe’s Ford Taurus.
Together these accidents highlight four major causes of vehicle accidents: alcohol, speed, driver fatigue, and, perhaps, poorly maintained or defective tires. Please be careful as you head out into traffic over this long Independence Day holiday. Please also say a prayer for the devastated family members and friends of Mr. Marburger, the Poes and Mr. Hamlett.