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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say a man is dead after his car and tractor-trailer crashed on Carolina Beach Road this morning.

Police have identified the driver as Frankie Eugene Williams, 37, of Raleigh. They say he died after he ran a stop sign from Wellington Ave. onto Carolina Beach Road around 8 a.m.

Witnesses say Williams’s Mercedes went under the truck, and dragged the car about a block down the road, until the tractor-trailer stopped near Hardee’s.

Investigators say Williams was involved in a hit and run in the area, and was trying to get away from the driver he hit when he crashed into the tractor-trailer.

Both southbound lanes of Carolina Beach Road were closed for a few hours as crews cleared the scene.

The investigation continues, but no charges have been filed.

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2015 years 10 months ago

The victim DID in fact hit another car on Converse drive and then took off. The BMW was driven by Dr. Feras Tanta(sp?) and internist I believe.
They went from converse, south on Independence to shipyard – west on shipyard to 17th. North on 17th then west on Wellington where they supposedly hit speeds of 90mph.
Two things are weird here.
The Dr says he was trying to get the tag number. Well there are lights at Independence and Shipyard, another set at Shipyard and 17th, and another set at 17th and Wellington. Did the victim run ALL three sets? (Then there’s the final set at Wellington and CB which we know he did run). I could never count on all 3 sets being green but I suppose it could happen.
Wellington Ave is one of the heavier traveled streets in the city and there’s a couple of apartment complexes along it. The road surface is terrible – and they got to 90mph?

BTW the cops have charged the Doctor with misdemeanor reckless operation of a vehicle………
If this guy (the victim) was a father, husband and great parishoner, perhaps he shoulda thought of that before he acted like a buffoon. He should assume personal responsibility for his failings and should have stopped after hitting the doc’s BMW.
A good Christian, a good father and a responsible husband would have stopped to make sure the other guy was OK.
Judgmental? Yeah, I suppose, but the Bible clearly indicates that there were secular laws that should be followed (remember Joseph and Mary going to Bethlehem? They were going to be counted – a requirement from the Romans)


His niece
2015 years 10 months ago

After almost a year I finally have enough strength to read the comments. No one knows what my uncle was thinking or what happened and no one deserves the right to bash him or say anything negative about him unless they knew him. He was a great man, father, friend, uncle, and much more. The lives he touched can’t be counted and for y’all to sit here and say all these negative things about him is just stupid. He is not here to defend himself so y’all just bashing him for no reason. Get a life. I love you and miss you so much.! R.I.P. Uncle Frankie

2015 years 10 months ago

I was a friend of Frankie as well. He like everyone else had a past. He didn’t always make the right decisions. But he was striving to live a life that would be pleasing to his God, his wife and his children. He is still a person who has lost his life and his presence will be missed by all of us who knew and loved him. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but please respect those of us who have to read it, and try to consider the family of the deceased….what if it were your family. And also, Frankie may have been a lot of things in his lifetime, but one thing I believe in my heart is that he was ready. Ready to meet his Heavenly Father. Can you say the same? Think about it. RIP FRANKIE!!

Frank Wright
2015 years 10 months ago

Is he going to be doing hit and runs in heaven?

Guest 4253
2015 years 10 months ago

Why not?

It’s always sad when someone loses a life, but “DON’T THINK!!!!” ? Unfortunately, thinking probably would have led to a more successful conclusion of this incident than him just “reacting”.

Would you be saying the same thing if someone else instead of him had died as a result of his actions? Would you still be saying “DON’T THINK!!!!” about “WHY Frankie was ‘racing” down the street” then? Would it not have mattered then too if the consequence of his actions had resulted in the termination of someone else’s existence instead of someone you personally care about? I “think” not.

I’m very sorry for your loss, but your “DON’T THINK!!!!” statement is just asinine.


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