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Two Drivers killed in Wrong-Way Head-On Collision on I-40 in Sampson County, North Carolina on February 21, 2023

Published Date: February 23, 2023

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Faison, NC (February 21, 2023) - According to local news sources, a devastating wrong-way collision took place on the I-40 in Sampson County, North Carolina on Tuesday, February 21st, claiming the lives of two drivers. Russell Scott Kee, 54, of Grifton, NC and Kerry Gerald, 20, from Odenton, Maryland were the unfortunate victims of this tragedy.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol received multiple calls from other drivers on the I-40 reporting a wrong-way vehicle traveling west in the eastbound lanes. Troopers from Duplin and Sampson counties headed towards the vehicle from opposite directions, but as First Sergeant Jimmy Stahl explained, "You can only go but so fast." Sadly, the troopers arrived too late to prevent the collision.

The accident occurred near the 354-mile marker of the I-40 at around 12:54 a.m. According to First Sergeant Jimmy Stahl, Kee was driving west in the eastbound lane of the I-40 when he collided head-on with Gerald's vehicle, which was traveling east. The impact of the collision was so severe that both drivers were killed instantly.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Duplin and Sampson County Sheriff's offices, and Duplin and Sampson County North Carolina State Highway Patrol offices all responded to the scene of the accident. Faison Volunteer Fire Rescue and Sampson County EMS were also dispatched to provide assistance. The victims were extracted from their vehicles and transported to the morgue by Sampson County EMS.

The accident was investigated by Trooper S.K. Naylor with NCSHP Sampson. First Sergeant Jimmy Stahl confirmed that Kee was the at-fault driver in the collision. The I-40 was closed for about 2 and a half hours while the accident was investigated and cleared.

As of now, the potential contributing factors to the accident are not yet known. The North Carolina Highway Patrol reported that only the information on the drivers and the direction of the vehicles was able to be released at this time.

This tragedy serves as a reminder of the dangers of wrong-way driving and the importance of staying alert and aware while on the road. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families and loved ones of Russell Scott Kee and Kerry Gerald.


Rosensteel Fleishman: Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers in Charlotte, NC

In the aftermath of the fatal wrong-way collision on the I-40 in Sampson County, North Carolina, it is important for the victims and their families to understand their rights and options for seeking justice and compensation. The Charlotte based law firm of Rosensteel Fleishman is here to help.

Compassionate Legal Assistance for Accident Victims

Local attorneys Corey Rosensteel and Matthew Fleishman are experienced Charlotte personal injury lawyers who focus on car accidents and wrongful death cases. They understand the complexities and emotions involved in these types of cases and are dedicated to fighting for the rights of their clients.

Understanding Your Rights After a Car Accident

If you or someone you know was involved in the recent I-40 collision, it is important to understand that you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. The lawyers at Rosensteel Fleishman can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Expressing Condolences and Offering Support

Corey Rosensteel and Matthew Fleishman wish to express their deepest condolences to the victims of the I-40 collision, along with their families and friends. They understand the emotional toll that such a tragedy can have on those affected and are committed to providing the support and guidance needed during this difficult time.

Car Accident Lawyers and Wrongful Death Attorneys in North Carolina

Car accidents and wrongful death incidents can be devastating for the victims and their families. In these cases, it is important to understand your rights and options for seeking justice and compensation. Hiring a knowledgeable and experienced car accident lawyer or wrongful death attorney in North Carolina can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.

The Importance of Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer

Car accidents can be complex, involving multiple parties and insurance companies. A skilled car accident lawyer will be able to gather and preserve evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary. They will also be able to advise you on your rights and help you understand the legal process.

Wrongful Death Attorneys and the Legal Process

If a loved one has died as a result of someone else's negligence, a wrongful death attorney can help you pursue a wrongful death claim. This type of claim can help provide financial compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, and other damages. A wrongful death attorney will be able to guide you through the legal process and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Choosing the Right Lawyer for Your Case

When choosing a car accident lawyer or wrongful death attorney in North Carolina, it is important to consider their experience, reputation, and track record. You should also look for a lawyer who is compassionate, responsive, and dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for their clients.

If You or a Loved One Were Involved in a Car Accident or Wrongful Death Incident, Contact a Skilled Lawyer Today

"At Rosensteel Fleishman, our goal is to help our clients navigate the legal process and achieve the best possible outcome." says Attorney Corey Rosensteel. "If you or someone you know was involved in the recent I-40 collision, we encourage you to reach out to us to discuss your rights and options."

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident or wrongful death incident, don't wait to seek legal assistance. A skilled car accident lawyer or wrongful death attorney in North Carolina can help you understand your rights and options for seeking justice and compensation.

Contact a lawyer from Rosensteel Fleishman today to discuss your case and begin the journey towards a successful resolution.

Disclaimer: This article is compiled from various secondary sources to provide insights into recent accidents. We have not been able to independently verify all details. Our firm respects the privacy and dignity of those involved and is willing to amend or remove content at the request of affected parties. We understand the emotional and physical toll of traffic accidents and extend our deepest sympathies to those affected. If you find any discrepancies or outdated information, or if you are an affected party, please contact us at 704-714-1450 or send us a message.

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