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

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  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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