A Pennsylvania man has been charged with driving while impaired in connection with a crash that sent three people to the hospital on Friday in Havelock.
Harry G. Peck, 52, of Titusville, Pa., was charged with driving while impaired and driving left of center in connection with the four-car crash at 4:02 p.m. Friday on Fontana Boulevard, according to the Havelock Police Department.
Peck and Katherine Morgan, 29, of Beaufort, who was driving a 2008 Toyota Corolla, were both airlifted from the scene via Cherry Point Search and Rescue Helicopter Pedro to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Both were listed in fair condition on Monday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
A third victim was transported to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern, but a hospital spokeswoman reported having no record of admittance for that person.
According to police, Peck was driving west in a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck and had just rounded a curve when he crossed the center line near Outer Banks Drive and sideswiped an eastbound 2006 Toyota Camry driven by James Marcelin, 27, of Havelock. Marcelin’s car ran off the right side of road into a ditch.
Peck then struck Morgan’s Corolla head-on and then bounced into a 2000 Toyota Sienna van driven by Gale Jones, 55, of Beaufort.
After the impact, Peck’s pickup truck caught fire and witnesses at the scene pulled him out of the burning vehicle.
Jeremiah Johnson, one of those who helped pull Peck from the truck, said he was heading east and barely avoided Peck’s pickup truck but watched the crash happen in his mirrors. Johnson, who was heading home after coach soccer practice at Havelock High School, said as the pickup went by him, he noticed the driver already slumped over before the impact.
The crash blocked the two-lane road for about two hours, with Pedro landing in the middle of the road to transport the victims. All four vehicles had to be towed from the scene, and transmission fluid, oil and other liquids from the vehicles had to be cleaned up before the road could open.