The driver killed in this morning’s traffic fatality has been identified as Tara Thompson of 7932 Gaelic Drive. Thompson’s daughter, 11-year old Shanice Thompson was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with serious injuries. Her condition is unknown at this time.
The driver of the Dodge Truck has been identified as Johnnie Clint Nabours of 67 Andalausian Trail, Burgaw, North Carolina. Nabours had two other passengers in his vehicle. They are identified as 36-year old Mariano Vazques of 2305 Vander Lee Highway, Burgaw, North Carolina, and 30-year old Pedro Santos of 2305 Vander Lee Highway, Burgaw, North Carolina. All three occupants were taken to Cape Fear Valley Hospital for treatment. Their condition is unknown at this time.
Please note a correction to the original release regarding the cause of the accident. The driver of the Dodge truck drove off of the right side of the roadway causing his vehicle to clip the handlebars of a bicyclist. Upon striking the bicycle, the truck overcorrected and hit an on-coming vehicle, driven by Ms. Tara Thompson.
The bicyclist is identified as 18-year old Blayne Ritter of 288 Finch Road. Mr. Ritter did not suffer any injuries.
At this time, the investigation remains ongoing and charges are pending. As such, additional information will be released at such time it becomes available.