Havelock police release more details on series of crashes

Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 05:17 PM.

In that crash, Bilby failed to recognize that the Alembong vehicle was slowing and stopping for the traffic ahead of it. Bilby ran into the back of the Alembong car, Cyrus said. That wreck had no injuries and minor damage, and is still under investigation.

A fourth wreck happened at 8:38 a.m. near the intersection of Hickman Hill Loop Road and U.S. 70 East. In that wreck, Shannon Horst O’Conner, 34, of Havelock, driving a 2011 Toyota, struck a 2003 Lincoln driven by Micah David Hickman, 25, of Havelock.

Cyrus said O’Conner was turning left from Pine Grove Road onto U.S. 70 East, as Hickman was turning right off Hickman Hill Loop Road heading east as well. He said O’Connor changed lanes without realizing Hickman was there, striking his car in the left side.

Cyrus said no one was injured with only minor damage to the cars.

All the crashes caused a large backup of rush-hour traffic on U.S. 70 East for about two hours. At one point, vehicles backed up to near Stately Pines.

The service road in front of the Tucker Creek subdivision also backed up as drivers tried to find a quicker way around the delays on the highway. But those who thought they were in for a shorter ride ran into a slew of vehicles driven by parents who were dropping their children off for classes at Tucker Creek Middle School.

All this occurred as Marines and employees at Cherry Point were returning to work after the three-day Labor Day holiday weekend.

“It did create some issues for us as far as traffic,” Cyrus said. “We had several factors that contributed to the amount of traffic. Any morning we have significant traffic in that area with employees and military trying to get to work on the base. You’ve also got motorists who travel through Havelock or into Havelock on their way to work. You have parents trying to transport their children to school at Tucker Creek. You have residents of Tucker Creek, both military and civilian, trying to get to work at that time of the morning. Plus we were coming off of a long holiday weekend.”

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