1 killed in T’giving accident

Sherry Matthews Editor

November 30, 2013

A Thanksgiving Day accident on Laurel Lake Road claimed the life of a Salemburg man, the 14th fatality on Sampson roadways this year.

Speed and no seat belt were major contributing factors in the crash, N.C. Highway Patrol reports noted.

According to those reports, William Goodman, 46, was ejected from his vehicle after it struck a ditch and overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, approximately .30 miles south of Salemburg and near State Road 1340 (Lakewood School Road)

According to Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith, Goodman’s vehicle was traveling east on Laurel Lake Road at a high rate of speed when he ran off the road to the right, traveled back onto SR 1322 out of control, crossed the center line, ran off the road to the right and struck the ditch, causing the vehicle to overturn.

Goodman was the only person in the vehicle.

The accident is the 14th on Sampson County roadways in 2013 and the only one reported over the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, trailing only behind Labor Day and July 4th.

Trooper D. K. Pearson investigated the accident.