Driver in fatal wreck charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle


From staff reports

Thursday, April 18, 2019

MOYOCK — A Moyock man has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle following a fiery three-vehicle wreck in Currituck County Wednesday that claimed the life of another Moyock man.

Samuel Solomon Jr., 69, was charged by the N.C. Highway Patrol following the death of 51-year-old Scott Drew, patrol First Sgt. E.J. Forbes said Thursday.

According to Forbes, Solomon was heading south on Caratoke Highway in an SUV  about 4:10 p.m. when he collided with the rear of Drew’s 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Drew either had stopped or was coming to a stop at a traffic light at the intersection of Caratoke Highway and Moyock Commons Drive in Moyock when the accident occurred, Forbes said.

The impact of the collision pushed Drew’s motorcycle forward into a pickup truck also stopped for the light, Chief Deputy Jeff Walker of the Currituck Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. Forbes identified the pickup driver on Thursday as Michael Jackson, 76, also of Moyock.

The collision sparked a fire that engulfed both Solomon’s SUV and Drew’s motorcycle, Walker said.

Currituck Fire-EMS Chief Ralph Melton said in a press release Wednesday that bystanders had already removed the SUV driver from his vehicle when rescue units arrived. Firefighters from the Moyock and Crawford Volunteer fire departments extinguished the fire that completely destroyed both the motorcycle and SUV.

Drew was pronounced dead at the scene, Forbes said.

Melton said the driver of the SUV was airlifted with critical injuries to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Forbes said Solomon was still at the hospital on Thursday with non-critical injuries. A spokeswoman for Sentara Norfolk said later that the hospital had no record of Solomon as a patient.

Jackson, who suffered minor injuries, was treated and released from Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, Forbes said.

Correcting an earlier account of the accident, Forbes said Jackson did not have a passenger in his pickup truck.

Forbes said the Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident and more charges may be filed, pending the outcome of the probe.