Benson Realtor Killed In Crash, Second Driver Critically Injured

A well known real estate agent from Johnston County was killed in a two vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon in Harnett County.

The accident was reported around 4:15pm on Highway 27 at Old Stage Road between Benson and Coats.

A black Ford Focus driven by 63 year-old Robin Meadows “Bonnie” Stephenson of Benson reportedly failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection and t-boned a Chevy Silverado pickup truck operated by James Nitsch Jr., 54, of Moncure.

Stephenson was a realtor with Remax and co-owned Stephenson Properties in Benson with her husband, Randy Stephenson.

According to the Remax website, Stephenson was a Past President of the Johnston County Association of Realtors and was the Johnston County Realtor of the Year in 2000. She was also a member of Benson Baptist Church.

State troopers said alcohol was not a factor. Stephenson was not wearing a seat belt.

Nitsch was transported to Betsy Johnson Hospital then airlifted to Wake Medical Center where at last report he was in critical condition. Photo courtesy ABC 11


  1. Prayers to the families, and an appeal. Replace this intersection with a well-engineered roundabout dedicated as a memorial. Roundabouts will still see accidents happen, but not the catastrophic T-bone type and often fatal collisions inherent in full intersections. Stop-signs don’t care if you stop. Roundabouts force drivers to slow down and pay attention.

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