LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man was killed this morning after being ejected from his vehicle during a single-car accident, according to the state Highway Patrol.
Larry Donnell Taylor Jr., 38, of 3800 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Lumberton, was traveling west on Carthage Road just before 2 a.m. when his 1998 Chevrolet passenger car exited the roadway to the right, struck a ditch and re-entered the roadway, according to a report by Trooper B.K. Covington.
The vehicle crossed the center line and overturned, according to the report. It exited the roadway and struck a ditch, where it came to rest on its side facing northward,.
Taylor was not wearing a seat belt, according to the report. Speed was not a factor.
According to Highway Patrol records, this is the third fatal accident in Robeson County during 2012. In all three accidents, the person who was killed was not wearing a seat belt.
According to a study by James Madison University, about 35,000 people die in motor vehicle crashes each year in the United States. The study found that about half of those people would have survived if they had been wearing seat belts.