3 Perquimans men killed in Currituck wreck


The Perquimans Weekly

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

CURRITUCK — Three Perquimans County men apparently on their way home from working the night shift at the Outer Banks Walmart were killed in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 158 in Currituck County early Monday morning, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Tyrell Davis, 30, Kristopher Midgett, 29, and Marquarize Hunter, 23, all of Hertford, died from injuries they suffered in the accident on U.S. 158 just south of Edgewater Drive in Grandy, Sgt. Jeff Wilson said.

According to Wilson, Davis was driving a 2001 Dodge Stratus northbound on U.S. 158 when the vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a southbound 2005 Volvo XC90 driven by Jeremiah Sampson, 44, of Kitty Hawk.

Davis and Midgett, who was the front-seat passenger, both died at the scene of the accident, Wilson said. Hunter, one of two backseat passengers, died several hours later after being transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, he said.

A second backseat passenger, Damon Hunter, Marquarize Hunter's cousin, was also transported to Sentara Norfolk with non-life threatening injuries, Wilson said. He was in good condition at the hospital on Tuesday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Sampson, the driver of the Volvo, was also transported to Sentara Norfolk with serious injuries, Wilson said. Sampson's 9-year-old son, who was a passenger in the Volvo, was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A hospital spokeswoman said Sampson was in good condition Tuesday afternoon. The hospital was unable to comment on whether the son is a patient.

Wilson said fatigue may have played a role in the accident. He noted that all four men in the Stratus appeared to be on their way home after working overnight at the Walmart in Kitty Hawk.

He also said Davis was driving 57 mph in a 45 mph zone — he noted the crashed Stratus' speedometer was stuck on that speed —and none of the four men were wearing seat belts.

The Highway Patrol was notified of the collision at 7:22 a.m. Monday.

The three deaths on Monday bring the total number of traffic fatalities in Currituck so far in 2019 to six, Wilson said.