Driver cited in crash that killed utility worker

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Submitted: Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:23pm
Updated: Wed, 08/28/2013 - 6:10pm

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Highway Patrol has charged a driver in connection with a traffic crash that killed a utility worker yesterday in Pender County.

Floyd Edward Osborne, 72, was cited for misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to maintain a lane.

Jereme Alan Holt, 40, of Burlington died. A second man working with him received minor injuries.

Investigators say Osborne’s pick-up was heading north on US 17 in Hampstead when he hit the workers at the intersection of Sloop Point Road.

Osborne is due back in court Nov. 21.


  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    Don’t like your neighbor/Mother-In-Law/Boss…just run them over folks with your vehicle of choice. It’s only a misdemeanor!
    Did this driver guy get thrown in jail/make bail/buy a burger afterwards? With all respect…A person did die…did they not?
    It’s not the News we read…it’s the “Olds”.

  • wolfhunter says:

    You will get a misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charge if in violation of state law, On the other hand if you are under the influence you will be charged with a felony. You can be arrested and serve jail til with a midsemeanor There was no intent for a 72 y/o to kill a utility worker therefor is not a felony.

    You dont like the laws then do something to change them rather complain like most POSers do.

  • Guestoldguy says:

    I’ll be old some day, but for now: I wonder if the driver could pass a DMV driving test today?

  • Eileen says:

    So sad for someone to lose their life over such a careless mistake. I am not surprised that this person didn’t slow down and switch lanes around the construction area. People in this area don’t even get out of the way for ambulances and fire trucks…everyone is so self important and in such a hurry.

  • Kaykay says:

    This the honest truth he’s my uncle and im not lyin at all

  • reason says:

    I think that after you hit 65, you should be tested annually on your driving skills. I saw an old lady downtown, and it was tragic how bad she was driving. I have had them back right into me, run through stop signs, and cause near misses.

  • Guest123456 says:

    Just last week I was driving North on 17, passing Shallotte. I had the green but learned long ago to always slow down at an intersection. Thank God I did because an older woman pulled into the intersection and covered my lane. The sad thing is that she just sat there, she had no idea she was in the middle of the road. Thankful I didnt hit her drivers door going 60MPH, happy I could move quickly into the left lane and not hit anyone

  • Guest2020 says:

    Are you talking about the light at the northern end of Shallotte near Highest Praise? That is the one of the worst, if not the worst intersection in Brunswick County. I think the biggest problem there is that the cars turning right off of main street have a yield sign instead of being required to stop. I always slow down at that intersection and when travelling north, I always change into the left lane to avoid the “yielders”.

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    “You dont like the laws then do something to change them rather complain like most POSers do.” (Unquote)

    Hey bud…1 person died…1 seriously injured. I’m not quite sure their families would back up your comment here. Seems this type of involvement is/was right down your alley at one time or another.
    Strange though…I didn’t read any comment on this news story (ever mentioned) where the driver was given a sobriety test to prove otherwise. Guess the reporter just didn’t ask!
    Were you the officer that was in charge at the scene…or just guessing what did/did not happened?

    “There was no intent for a 72 y/o to kill a utility worker therefor is not a felony.” (Unquote)

    What are you saying here? Again…were you the officer in charge, or simply a mind reader?
    I seriously doubt either.

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