Driver Charged In Collision Involving Sheriff’s Office Patrol Car, US Mail Carrier

BENSON – The State Highway Patrol has charged a Raleigh woman with causing a three vehicle crash involving a Johnston County deputy sheriff and a US mail carrier. The wreck was reported at 12:56pm Thursday, March 18th in the 7700 block of Raleigh Road, south of Highway 210.

According to a collision report, Idalia Beatriz Guzman Rivera, 19, of Raleigh was traveling north on Raleigh Road in a 2005 Toyota Prius and attempted to pass a northbound 2017 Jeep being driven by a rural mail carrier, Terri Lynn Weston, 34, of Four Oaks, which had stopped partially in the roadway while placing mail in a mailbox for the US Postal Service. As Rivera crossed the centerline to pass the Jeep, she pulled directly into the path of a southbound 2018 Dodge Charger marked patrol car driven by Deputy G.A. Kiefer, age 23.

The patrol car struck the left side of the Toyota, knocking the Toyota into the side of the stationary Jeep. The patrol car and Jeep both came to rest off the roadway. The Prius came to rest in the highway.

Deputy Kiefer and Rivera were transported by ambulance to Johnston Medical Center in Clayton. Weston was transported to Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield. All the injuries were classified as non-life threatening.

Rivera was cited for unsafe passing. All three vehicles had to be towed from the scene.