Teen, woman injured in Sunday accident


By Chris Day
Multimedia Editor

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Two motorists hospitalized after a three-vehicle crash in Camden Sunday evening did not appear to suffer life-threatening injuries, according to the investigating N.C. Highway Patrol officer. However, one of them was charged in the incident. 

A 16-year-old male was charged with driving too fast for conditions after his vehicle hydroplaned and struck two others on U.S. Highway 158 near Country Club Road in Camden, shortly before 6:30 p.m. Sunday, said Trooper Sgt. James Chappell.

The teen was driving a 2000 GMC pickup west on U.S. 158 when his vehicle hydroplaned, drifted left of the center line and sideswiped a 2015 Volkswagen station wagon and then struck head-on a 2007 Toyota sedan, Chappell said. The latter two vehicles were traveling east. The drivers were the lone occupants in all three vehicles.

At the time of the accident it was dark and raining heavily. In North Carolina, a charge of driving too fast for conditions requires the offender to pay a fine.

“It’s a payable offense,” Chappell said. 

Chappell identified the driver of the Volkswagen as Alexander Underhill, 38, of Camden. The driver of the Toyota was Tien Thai, 45, from Currituck, Chappell said. Since the teen is a minor, Chappell did not release his name. 

Both the teen and Thai were transported to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center for treatment, but the teen was transferred further to a hospital in Norfolk, Chappell said. Underhill did not appear at the scene to be injured, Chappell said.   

The teenager was not wearing a seat belt and was fully ejected from the truck and appeared to have suffered lacerations and possibly fractures, Chappell said. He said he spoke to both patients at the hospital and it appeared that neither the teenage boy nor the woman had suffered life-threatening injuries.  

Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Medical Services was dispatched around 6:25 p.m. A reporter who went to the scene described conditions as dark, heavy rain and traffic in the east bound lanes backed up.

In addition to the Highway Patrol and Pasquotank-Camden EMS, fire services also responded to the accident. 

According to Pasquotank-Camden EMS late Sunday night, the teenager was semi-conscious at the scene. The woman was complaining of stomach and back pain. 

Trooper Chappell said the accident scene was cleared by 7:41 p.m.