Woman killed in I-95 accident

Donnie Douglas - ddouglas@civitasmedia.com

LUMBERTON — A North Carolina woman was killed in a three-vehicle accident on Interstate 95 this weekend when she was ejected from her car, according to the state Highway Patrol.

A report by Trooper C.B. Canady said that Shayera Hardy, a 24-year-old Wilmington resident, was the only one of five people who were involved in the accident Saturday night who was not wearing a seat belt or otherwise properly restrained. The other four suffered injuries, but none of them appeared to be life-threatening.

According to Canady’s report, Hardy was driving a 2000 Toyota Passenger car south on I-95 at 6:43 p.m. when it exited the highway to the left, went through the median, plowed into northbound traffic and was struck by two vehicles.

Martin Smith, of Florence, South Carolina, was driving a 2014 Mercedes Benz that was the first to strike the Toyota, and a 2008 Acura SUV being driven by Frankie Van Buren of Newsport News, Virginia, was the next t0 hit Hardy’s car.

Smith, Van Buren and two passengers in the SUV were all properly restrained, according to Canady’s report.

The report said that it was raining at the time of the accident, and that Hardy was driving too fast for the road conditions.

All three vehicles involved in the accident were destroyed. The accident happened between mile markers 10 and 11.


Donnie Douglas


Editor Donnie Douglas can be reached at 910-416-5649.

Editor Donnie Douglas can be reached at 910-416-5649.

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