Alcohol, speed cited in fatality

First Posted: 1/2/2015

LUMBERTON — A 28-year-old Lumberton resident is the first person to die on Robeson County roads during 2015 in an accident that happened just two hours into the new year.

Emmanuel Pierre, of 412 W. 17th St., Lumberton, was a rear-seat passenger in a 2005 Cadillac driven by Jean Ricardo Julien, 25, of the same address, when it crashed at 2:26 a.m. on East Fifth Street near McNeill Street, according to Capt. Jerome Morton of the Lumberton Police Department.

Pierre was not wearing a seat belt, Morton said.

Julien was flown to New Hanover Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries and, Morton said, and was still alive this morning.

A front seat passenger, Frantz Morette, 28, of 1009 Cherokee St., Lumberton, was treated at Southeastern Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries, said Morton.

According to Morton, the Cadillac was traveling west on East Fifth Street at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control, the vehicle exited the road to the right and struck a tree. Pierre was killed instantly.

Morton said that alcohol and excessive speed contributed to the accident. He said charges are pending.

“If alcohol and speed were not involved, this would have been avoidable,” Morton said.