EMS Wreck Sends Two To The Hospital

SMITHFIELD – Three people were injured Thursday morning after a Johnston County Emergency Services SUV was involved in a two vehicle accident.  None of the injuries were serious.

Smithfield Police, Smithfield Fire, and Johnston County EMS responded to the 10:22am wreck on US 70 Business West (West Market Street) at M. Durwood Stephenson Parkway.

According to an accident report, Matthew Ryan Blackman, 33, of Selma, a Johnston County EMS Logistics Officer, was operating a 2021 Chevy SUV owned by the County of Johnston. Blackman was traveling eastbound on US 70 and was attempting to make a left turn onto M. Durwood Stephenson Parkway.  Blackman pulled into the path of a 2003 Lexus passenger car traveling westbound on US 70 and driven by Jarvis Tavarius Snead, 27, of Smithfield. 

Both drivers and one passenger in the Lexus, Rachel Snead of Smithfield, sustained injuries.  Blackman was evaluated at the scene for minor injuries but was not transported.  Both occupants in the Lexus were transported to WakeMed in Raleigh.

According to the accident report, Blackman told officers another vehicle was making a left turn from westbound US 70 into the parking lot of 1701 W. Market Street and his vision was obstructed preventing him from seeing the Lexus.   

Police said the traffic light was green for Blackman to make a left turn and the traffic light was also green for Snead to travel straight through the intersection.  The EMS SUV was traveling at 15 mph and the Lexus 45 mph at the time of impact, the report stated. There were no tire impressions or skid marks before impact.  

Blackman was cited by Officer J.S. Carroll for failure to yield.  According to Johnston County Human Resources, Blackman was hired in April 2020 as an EMS Logistics Officer for Johnston County Emergency Services.

Damage to the county-owned SUV was estimated at $2,000. Damage to the Lexus was also placed at $2,000. Both vehicle had to be towed from the scene.