Police say some questions concerning wreck into Slocum Creek may never be answered

Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 02:37 PM.

Havelock police are continuing to investigate a crash that killed a young Havelock woman, but they admit some questions about the crash may never be known.

Janie Queen, 20, died Oct. 18 when the car she was driving left the service road in front of the Church Road Bridge and plunged into Slocum Creek.

Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus said the investigation is still in its preliminary stages. He said investigators have determined from witnesses that no other vehicles were involved in the crash, and they have eliminated the possibility of a mechanical failure with Queen’s 2001 Toyota Camry.

“We’ve had the car looked at by a certified mechanic to determine if there was any issue with the steering linkage or any other function of the vehicle that may have caused the vehicle to run off the side of the roadway,” he said. “Those examinations have indicated that we’re not dealing with a malfunction of the vehicle regarding the accident.”

Cyrus said investigators are awaiting toxicology results, but that may not be enough to determine if Queen had any sort of medical emergency that caused the crash.

He said a cell phone was recovered from the vehicle, but it was damaged in the water and may not provide answers as to whether Queen may have been on the phone at the time of the crash.

Cyrus said that some questions surrounding the crash may never get answered.

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