BENSON – The State Highway Patrol says both drivers involved in fatal collision on Thanksgiving Day in Johnston County contributed to the accident. One of the drivers, 18 year-old Ana Karen Barron-Gonzal of Garner, died.
The collision was reported at 8:02pm Thursday at the intersection of Highway 50 North and Stephenson Road about seven miles north of Benson. Troopers said Barron-Gonzal was operating a 2009 Toyota east on Stephenson Road and failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection. Her car was struck in the front right side by a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette traveling northbound on NC 50 and operated by Romell Jaquan Cooper, 31, of Dunn. After the collision, the Toyota overturned off the roadway. The Chevrolet ran off the road to the right.
Barron-Gonzal died from her injuries. Cooper sustained serious injuries and was transported to WakeMed. Neither driver was wearing a seat belt, according to the accident report. There were no passengers.
The report indicated Barron-Gonzal ran through a stop sign and Cooper was speeding when the vehicles collided.
Troopers determined the Toyota was traveling at 42 miles per hour and the Chevrolet 63 miles per hour at the time of impact. The posted speed limit on Highway 50 at the intersection is 55 mph.
No charges were filed against Cooper.
(Photos by Thomas Honeycutt)