A professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke was killed in a high-speed vehicle accident early this morning.
Rohald Meneses, 38, originally from Gainesville, Fla., died when he was thrown from a 2006 Lincoln passenger carat about 1:34 a.m. today.
According to investigating Trooper Michael Chavis of the state Highway Patrol, Meneses was driving north on State Road 1578 when it ran off the road to the right. Meneses over-corrected, the vehicle exited the road to the left, struck a ditch, rolled over numerous times and then struck a utility pole.
Meneses, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Chavis estimated the vehicle was travelling at 90 mph in a 55-mph zone. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $15,000.
As a professor at the university, Meneses taught Sociology and Criminal Justice. According to the university’s web site, his specialties were criminology and deviance, race and ethnic relations, research and statistics, comparative law and theory.
“The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is in mourning for one of its own,” said Kenneth Kitts, the vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, in a statement. “Dr. Meneses was an active scholar and well-liked instructor.”
In an unrelated vehicle accident, one person was injured Thursday night after a vehicle was struck by a train.
The crash occurred at a railroad crossing located at 10th and Willow streets. The unidentified driver was taken to a local hospital after suffering non-life-threatening injuries.
Police have confirmed that the railroad crossing lights and bars were working at the time of the accident.