Two killed in road accidents

First Posted: 2/21/2014

PEMBROKE — A pedestrain was one of two men killed Thursday in accidents that occurred about eight miles apart and within 20 minutes of each other, according to the state Highway Patrol.

Darius Duckery Jones, 44, was killed at about 6:36 p.m. while crossing U.S. 74 about four miles west of Pembroke and three-tenths of a mile from Cabinet Shop Road, according to a report filed by Trooper G.F. Inman.

Jones, who lived on U.S. 74 West in Maxton, was walking east with traffic coming from White Hill Church Road when he was struck by a 2003 Ford sedan, the report said. The sedan’s driver, 67-year-old Curtis Ray Pierce, was uninjured.

Pierce was driving the speed limit, which is 55 mph, the report said. A passenger in the Ford, 67-year-old Rabon Lowery, was also uninjured.

No charges are expected to be filed against Pierce, who lives in Maxton on Terry Sanford Drive.

About an 11-minute drive away, a passenger car rear-ended an 18-wheeler, killing the 89-year-old driver, James Alton Cummings, according to a report filed by Trooper S.C. Hunt. That accident occurred at about 6:55 p.m.

Cummings’ 1996 Oldsmobile sedan was traveling south on N.C. 710, about four miles north of Pembroke and one-tenth of a mile north of Woods Road, when the tractor-trailer braked, the report said.

Cummings, who lived on Ruth Dial Street, in Pembroke, failed to reduce his speed, the report said, and plowed into the back of the truck.

The truck’s driver, 20-year-old Danneley Stanton Clark, of N.C. 710 in Pembroke, was not injured. Clark was driving about 35 mph in the 55-mph zone when the accident occurred, the report said. Cummings was driving 50 mph.

About $5,000 in damage was done to his car and about $1,500 to the truck, the report said.

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