Felicia Ann Byrd, 25, of 101 North 11th St., Erwin, was killed in a single-vehicle crash that is believed to have been caused by excessive speed.
According to reports from the N.C. Highway Patrol, Byrd was traveling west on Green Path Road, just six miles south of Dunn, in a 1999 Ford vehicle. The car ran off the road, struck a ditch, overturned, struck and fence and ejected Byrd, who was not wearing a seatbelt.
Trooper C.S. Strickland noted in his report that Byrd’s estimated speed in the 55 mph zone was approximately 80 mph. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
No other injuries were reported in the incident.
Just under a month ago, a 57-year-old Salemburg woman was killed on Bearskin Road after she was ejected from a vehicle after being hit by a La Grange man who ran a stop sign at 55 mph. The man was subsequently charged with failure to stop for a duly erected stop sign and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.
Byrd’s death is the tenth this year; at the same time last year, there were 17 deaths on Sampson County roadways.
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