LUMBERTON – A car traveling south on Interstate 95 at an estimated speed of 120 mph ran off the road and hit a tree, splitting the vehicle in half, and killing the two occupants, the Highway Patrol said.
The wreck happened at 11:56 about a mile north of the Lumberton city limits, according to a report filed by Trooper B.K. Covington.
The occupants were identified as Avon Lamont Brown Jr., 31, and passenger, Edward Anthony Crudup, 18, both of Baltimore, Md., the report said.
Brown was the driver of the 2003 Honda, the report said.
The car was traveling about 120 mph when it ran off the right side of the highway and hit a small ditch, Covington said.
The car went airborne over a small pond, hit another small ditch and went airborne once more, overturning, and crashed, roof first, into a tree, Covington said.
The car, traveling about 115 mph at impact, split into to pieces after hitting the tree, Covington said.
Crudup, who was wearing his safety belt, was trapped in the front half of the car, which landed off the roadside facing north, Covington said.
The back portion came to rest on the side of the road facing east, Covington said.
Crudup was pronounced at the scene, Covington said.
Brown, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle and died at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, Covington said.
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