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Driver charged with DWI in Camden wreck

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By Chris Day
Multimedia Editor

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

CAMDEN — Four people, including one charged with driving while impaired, were transported to the hospital following a single-vehicle accident in Camden County, Saturday.

Three of the four have been released from the hospital, while the fourth — listed in serious condition — was transported to Sentara Norfolk Hospital in Virginia, a hospital spokeswoman said.

According to a copy of the N.C. Highway Patrol vehicle accident report, the accident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday. A 2007 GMC pickup truck with four occupants, including the driver, ran off the road, overturned and came to a stop in the yard of a residence at 292 Country Club Road.

The report identifies the driver as Tucker William Oliver, of Elizabeth City, but does not include the driver’s age. According to the report Oliver was charged with DWI, exceeding a safe speed and driving left of the center line.

The report also identifies three passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident, but it does not include their ages. The passengers were Macy Ellen Smith and Mallory Paige Smith, and Casey Redd, all of whom live in Elizabeth City. Neither was wearing a seat belt, the report indicates.

All four occupants of the truck were transported by Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Medical Services to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center for treatment.

Kelly McCarthy, a spokeswoman for Sentara Healthcare, said Monday evening that three of the occupants have been released from the hospital. The fourth, Mallory Paige Smith, was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where she is listed in serious condition, McCarthy said.

The investigating trooper, Sgt. B.P. Daniel, states in the accident report that the GMC truck was traveling east on Country Club Road. As the vehicle entered a curve it crossed the center line, drove off the left side of the road, struck a ditch and began to overturn, Daniel’s written narrative states.

The report lists the authorized speed limit in that area of Country Club Road as 45 mph, but states the truck’s estimated speed at impact was 57 mph. The report states that alcohol was suspected as a factor and a test for alcohol was performed.

Estimated damage to the GMC truck was $15,000; it was listed as undrivable following the accident.

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