The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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December 12, 2012

Youth can learn from accident

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 — An accident last Tuesday in Norwood can be a strong message to young drivers about the dangers and responsibilities of getting behind the wheel of a car.

According to official reports, Jacob Casey Kimrey, 16, of Norwood, was speeding on Indian Mound Road with a passenger inside his 1997 Honda Passport.

The report says he passed a vehicle “at a high rate of speed” estimated to be 70 miles per hour and then ran off the right side of the road.

The speed limit on Indian Mound Road is 45.

Kimrey apparently overcorrected after running off the road and lost control of the vehicle, bringing the driver’s side back end around skidding 249 feet into another vehicle.

The struck vehicle was a 1989 Chevy truck driven by Robert Franklin Colson Jr. of Norwood. Colson had three other passengers riding with him.

After Kimrey’s car struck Colson’s truck, his car overturned and landed on its top.

Norwood Police Chief Randy Smith was first on the scene and said the Jaws of Life had to be used to free Colson from his vehicle.

Smith also said had Kimrey not lost control the way he did, the impact would have been 20 miles per hour greater than what happened.

“There could have been five dead people,” Smith said.

Colson was the most severely injured of the five, suffering from a broken shoulder. He was released from the hospital the next day.

Smith said the others all received minor injuries.

Kimrey was charged with speeding, passing in a no passing zone and careless and wreckless driving.

The chief said the accident is an important reminder to young drivers.

“This young man had only had his license for three months,” Smith said.

“There are going to be a lot of our kids on the road with the holidays and some may even be getting their first car. I hope the young people understand the seriousness with which they should take the privilege of driving,” Smith said.

“They need to remember this accident and know how close it came to having lives lost.”

 

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