Driver Cited In Crash With State Trooper

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FOUR OAKS – A Four Oaks man has been cited for failure to yield following a two vehicle crash last week involving a state trooper. Both drivers were injured.

On May 10th at 7:31am, Trooper B.S. Johnson, age 41, was traveling on Reedy Creek Road near Lassiter Road headed to a minor school bus accident near South Johnston High School. According to an accident report, Trooper Johnson was operating a marked 2019 Dodge Charger patrol car at 55 mph in a 55 mph zone when a 2021 Kia pulled from the Beverly Place subdivision into the path of the state trooper. The Kia was traveling at 5 mph at the time of impact.

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After the collision, the patrol car traveled off the roadway to the left in a field. The Kia spun around and came to rest on the shoulder.

Trooper Johnson and the driver of the Kia, Michael Anthony McPhee, age 31, of Four Oaks were transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

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There were two independent eyewitnesses to the crash.

After completing the accident investigation, Sgt. S.L. Bridges cited McPhee with failure to yield. Damage to the SHP cruiser was estimated at $22,800. The Kia sustained approximately $10,000 in damage, according to the accident report.


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