City sees several wrecks on Friday


LAURINBURG — Police responded to no fewer than eight automobile accidents within the city limits on Friday, with injuries reported to only one individual, a 10-year-old cyclist.

Tomazion Bethea was cycling southward on Mill Street near his home when he collided with the front of a vehicle travelling westward on Marcellus Street.

The bicycle flipped into the vehicle’s windshield, and the child was transported to a medical facility by EMS. His status was not available on Monday.

— At 12:17 p.m., 72-year-old James Bryant was driving southward on Biggs Street when he lost control of his vehicle and ran off the road, colliding with a city utility pole.

— At 12:52 p.m., Joshua Galloway, 21, of Asheboro was driving in the Walmart parking lot when his vehicle left the lot and collided with a chain-link fence.

Galloway left the scene on foot, but was later located by police, who charged Galloway with driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving, and driving without a license.

— At 1:09 p.m., Wallena Canady was driving southwest on West Boulevard when her vehicle was hit in the left front quarter by a vehicle leaving the entrance to Walmart across from Westwood Way. The driver of that vehicle, Amanda Mumford, failed to yield at the newly-erected traffic signal.

— At 2:42 p.m., a hit-and-run was reported in the parking lot of Lowe’s after a parked vehicle was hit in the passenger side.

— At 4:31 p.m., 73-year-old Wagram resident Maxine McPhatter backed out of a parking space at Save-a-Lot into the path of Shane Deberry, 36, of Gibson.

— At 5:02 p.m., Alexa Zolman, 21, of Wilson was driving east on West Boulevard and beginning to merge onto U.S. 401. The vehicle behind her, driven by 52-year-old Wendy Edgerly of Laurinburg, failed to reduce speed, resulting in a rear-end collision.

— At 5:44 p.m., both James Williamson, 57, and Kenneth McCormick, 59, were parked on Old Lumberton Road near Rosemary Lane. Both attempted to back into Old Lumberton Road and collided in the roadway.

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