North Hills Club tennis pro killed in Harnett County crash

Dylan James Knox in a photo from North Hills Club in Raleigh.

BUNNLEVEL, N.C. (WNCN) — A Raleigh man was killed and two other people were injured in a three-vehicle crash Sunday night in Harnett County, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.

Troopers responded to a three-vehicle crash with a confirmed death around 11:30 p.m. on N.C. Highway 210 near Anderson Creek School Road in Bunnlevel.

An investigation shows that an SUV driven by Dylan James Knox, 32, of Raleigh, was traveling north on N.C. 210 when the vehicle crossed the center line and slammed head-on into a pickup truck driven by Celia Dworkin, 20, of Fayetteville, who was heading south on N.C. 210. Dworkin’s truck went airborne and collided with the front of a third vehicle, an SUV, troopers said.

Knox worked as the tennis pro at North Hills Club in Raleigh, the club confirmed.

“This is a difficult loss for our Club staff family, and they can all use as much support as we can give them. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dylan’s family, and especially with his three-year-old daughter, Shelby,” said Club President Chris Jones in a release to members.

Knox joined the club in March after relocating from Connecticut to be closer to his daughter in Lillington, the Club confirmed. Knox spent time in Fayetteville before working in Connecticut.


Shane Wells, the North Hills Club tennis director, says the club and the members are all in shock.

“At some point in your life you’re going to experience death. Unfortunately, you don’t want to experience like this. With someone this close and someone so young, who has a lot to live for,” Wells said.

The pickup came to a rest on its side in the southbound lane of N.C. 210. Dworkin was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the truck, according to troopers. The third vehicle, driven by Tamekkia Cotton, 38, of Lillington, ended up partially off the side of the road on the southbound side following the crash.

Dworkin and Cotton were both injured. It’s unclear the severity of their injuries at this time. Knox was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers said that alcohol and speed were not factors. The main contributing factor was “inattention on the part of Dylan James Knox.” Troopers said it’s unclear why Knox’s SUV crossed the center line.

Troopers said it’s unclear why Knox’s SUV crossed the center line.

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