Alcohol involved in fatal Willow Spring crash on private property, troopers say

WILLOW SPRING, N.C. (WNCN) – A woman died Tuesday after the SUV she was riding in crashed on private property in Willow Spring, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.

Troopers responded to the scene of the crash near the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Road and Sunset View Court in Willow Spring around 3:25 p.m.

The driver, identified as 39-year-old James Samuel Day Jr., suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and was transported to WakeMed. Troopers said Day has internal injuries and broken ribs.

The female passenger, who has been identified as Patricia Lawson Humphries, 39, of Willow Spring, died at the scene, troopers confirmed. Humphries was partially ejected from the SUV.

Troopers said it appears that Day was driving his 2004 Buick SUV on a private logging path, hit a tree stump and overturned. Neither Day nor Humphries were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, but seat belts are not necessary on private property, authorities said.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol said the the father of the driver came to the scene around 3 p.m. after he was called by the driver just after the crash.

Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash, according to troopers.

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