NC driver in DWI crash dies a day after wreck, officials say

PINEBLUFF, N.C. (WNCN) — A DWI suspect died a day after officials say he crashed and flipped an SUV in a wreck that injured a passenger in Moore County, officials say.

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The crash happened Saturday near Pinebluff around 6:30 p.m. and two men were trapped in the SUV after it became airborne, hit trees and then flipped, the Aberdeen Times reported.

The driver of the SUV, Sylvester Locklear, age 56, of Aberdeen was in critical condition on Saturday night and died on Sunday, officials told the newspaper.

Locklear was facing charges of driving while impaired, reckless driving, and driving on a suspended license, according to NC State Highway Patrol Sergeant J. Stahl.

A 38-year-old male passenger was at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital was in stable condition on Saturday night.

The crash happened in the area of 1049 Addor Road when a Mitsubishi Montero Sport went around a curve where the driver lost control with more than 200 feet of skid marks before the SUV left the road.

The vehicle became airborne striking a couple of trees – several feet in the air — before coming to a stop on its side in the middle of Addor Road.  Part of the roof of the SUV was crushed.

Two men were pinned in the overturned vehicle until firefighters were able to reach the scene and free them from the SUV.

There was not a helicopter available due to weather conditions, so both men were transported to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst – with the driver transferred to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill in critical condition.

The cause of the crash is  under investigation.

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