Goldsboro man dies after vehicle is swept away by flood waters, police say


GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — A Goldsboro man was found and identified Tuesday after he died when his  vehicle was swept away by Hurricane Matthew flood waters on Saturday, police say.

Lemuel Frank Kornegay, 54, was found dead inside his vehicle in a wooded creek area in the 2500 block of Wayne Memorial Drive on Tuesday afternoon, Goldsboro Police said in an email.

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Police “determined that Mr. Kornegay was driving southbound on Wayne Memorial Drive on (Saturday) around 7 p.m. when his vehicle became disabled in the roadway due to high waters rushing across the road,” police said.

“His vehicle was then swept into the creek bed on the east side of the road and carried downstream into the woods where he was stranded,” police added.

Kornegay was unable to escape his vehicle as flood waters continued to rise and died, according to police.

Wayne County officials said Tuesday that more than 125 people have been rescued in flood waters from Hurricane Matthew since the storm dumped up to 18 inches of rain on Goldsboro and the county since Saturday.

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