Tuesday The North Carolina Highway Patrol announced a preliminary number of thirteen motorists who died on North Carolina highways during the 2013 Memorial Day weekend. The holiday weekend officially began at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, and ended at midnight, Monday, May 27. Last year the Highway Patrol investigated five fatal collisions and 360 injury related collisions during the holiday period.
The Memorial Day holiday is set aside to honor deceased men and women from the Armed Forces as well as officially kicking off the beginning of summer vacation season in North Carolina.
During the holiday period, Troopers investigated (12) twelve fatal collisions resulting in (13) deaths on North Carolina highways. The following is a breakdown of the location and highway of each fatality:
- NC42 (4.49 miles east of Wilson)
- State Road 1401 (2.8 miles west of Bolivia)
- NC226 (3 miles south of Marion)
- I-40 (5.7 miles north of Wilmington)
- State Road 2217 (1.7 miles east of Asheboro)
- State Road 1400 (6.4 miles south of Vanceboro)
- State Road 1624 (2.3 miles west of Hamlet)
- State Road 1750 (7.2 miles south of Greenville)
- State Road 1413 (5 miles east of Littleton)
- US64 (2 miles south of Knightdale)- Double Fatality
- State Road 1201 (19.1 miles west from Lillington)
- State Road 1130 (5.6 miles north of Holden Beach)