Three people died Tuesday following a collision at the intersection of Highway 125 and Aurelian Springs Road outside Roanoke Rapids.
The area is referred to as Day’s Crossroads.
Trooper T.D. “Bo” Forsht of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said he was dispatched to the collision between a passenger car and dump truck shortly after 2:15 p.m.
Milar Richardson, the driver of the passenger car, will face charges at this point of three counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle and one count of stop sign violation.
Richardson, 24, of Roanoke Rapids, was driving southwest on Aurelian Springs Road while the dump truck was being operated southeast on Highway 125, Forsht said.
Richardson ran the stop sign and came out in front of the dump truck. The driver of the dump truck attempted to stop but was unable to do so. The vehicles collided in the intersection, the trooper said evidence collected at the scene and witness statements show.
Forsht said the deceased are:
Stacy Bennett, 41, of Roanoke Rapids, who was the right front passenger.
Christopher Pitts, 18, of Weldon, who was the right rear passenger.
Damarion Crowell, 1, of Roanoke Rapids, who was in a child seat in the middle rear of the vehicle.
Forsht said the infant was the child of Bennett and Pitts was a friend of another passenger who is currently in serious condition at Vidant in Greenville. Forsht declined to immediately name that passenger.
Richardson and the driver of the dump truck sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Why Richardson ran the stop sign remains under investigation, the trooper said.