Johnston Co. crash 911 call: ‘I think I got three dead’

Johnston County Crash

MIDDLESEX, N.C. (WNCN) – In recently released 911 calls, a woman who identifies herself as a nurse tells the dispatcher that three people are dead following a street-racing crash in Johnston County.

“I think I got three dead, I think I got one with a compound fracture,” the woman tells the 911 operator.
“So, you said three possible deceased and one with a fracture?” said the dispatcher. “Yes,” the female caller replies.

North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to a single vehicle collision on Simon Road near Buck Road in Johnston County at 10:39 p.m. Sunday.

Johnston County Crash

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“OK, now listen. We do have a lot of help on the way but can you tell me why you think they may be deceased?” the 911 operator asks the caller.

“I’m a nurse and I haven’t felt a pulse…I haven’t felt a pulse on three,” The caller tells the dispatcher. “I got one who was hit and he may have some head injuries.”

Four people were killed in Sunday’s crash and three others injured.

Authorities believe that a man identified as Jimmy Pearce II, 37, of Zebulon, was traveling west in his 1989 Ford Mustang within the westbound lane of Simon Road alongside another passenger vehicle traveling west within the eastbound lane of Simon Road when he lost control, traveled onto the westbound shoulder of Simon Road and hit a crowd of pedestrians observing the cars.

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The North Carolina Highway Patrol announced Tuesday afternoon that Pearce had been charged with a fourth count of second-degree murder.

The four killed have been identified by North Carolina State Highway Patrol officials. They are Carlton Ray Brooks, 42, Garland Earp, 39, Arrington Earp, 23, and Undra Montrell Taybron, 40, of Wilson. All four died at the scene.

Pearce was also charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

The three injured have been identified as Roncellis Marshall, 44, of Battleboro, Larry Deans, 43, of Bailey, and Ida Mae Rapa, 42, of Selma. Rapa received critical injuries and was transported to WakeMed.

Authorities are still looking for the second vehicle and driver involved.

Anyone that can provide information on the driver of the second vehicle involved are requested to contact the State Highway Patrol by calling 1-800-662-7956.

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