Four people taken to hospitals after accident

Published 5:36 pm Wednesday, March 24, 2021

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Four people were transported to local hospitals Tuesday after a head-on collision around 7:12 a.m. along Millingport Road near Richfield, according to an official with the state Highway Patrol.

Justin Stroup, 35, of Albemarle was driving north when his 2006 GMC truck crossed the center line and struck a 2016 Isuzu landscaping box truck heading south driven by 38-year-old Francisco Ramirez of Kernersville.

Two other passengers were in the car with Ramirez — Piedad Pinadho, 41, of Kernersville and Juan Barrea Tapia, 38, of Winston-Salem.

Stroup’s car traveled down an embankment and came to rest against a tree, the Highway Patrol said.

Stroup was charged with driving without a seatbelt, driving while license was revoked and driving left of center. Ramirez was charged with not having an operator’s license.

Highway Patrol said at this time drugs and alcohol do not appear to have played a role in the collision.

Ramirez and Tapia were airlifted to CMC Main in Charlotte, according to the Highway Patrol while Stroup was airlifted to Atrium Health Cabarrus in Concord. Pinadho was taken to Atrium Health Stanly in Albemarle.

At this time, the Highway Patrol said Ramirez, Tapia and Pinadho have all been released and are back at home. Stroup is expected to be released Friday.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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