10 holiday weekend crashes claim 10 lives on NC roads


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Highway Patrol says at least ten people died in traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, including one in Brunswick County.

Highway Patrol says the holiday period officially began at 6 p.m., Wednesday, and ended at midnight last night. Among the 10 crashes listed in a news release is one on NC 130 north of Holden Beach. Wednesday morning, Mark Teague, 25, of Supply, died in a crash on NC 130, when troopers say a car driven by Rhonda Varnam, 52, of Supply, hydroplaned, crossed the center line and hit Teague’s car. Varnam has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and cited for unsafe tires, according to court records. She and Teague’s wife were injured in the collision.

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Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday period, Highway Patrol investigated 11 fatal collisions, 432 injury collisions and 1,457 property damage collisions. Troopers say many of these collisions were due to speeding. They say speed remains the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in North Carolina as well as across the country.

The Highway Patrol’s count does not include two pedestrians who died last week in separate accidents in Wilmington.

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