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Man faces charges in deadly accident

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LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man faces two charges in the wake of a traffic accident on Thursday that left a 78-year-old Red Springs man dead.

According to state Highway Patrol Trooper Jody Connor, Roger Edward Butler, 53, of 403 Fernwood Circle, was charged with misdemeanor death and failure to yield right of way in the death of Everette Miller Davis, of 69 Middle St. in Red Springs.

Connor said the two-vehicle accident happened about 11:15 a.m. at N.C. 72 and Chicken Road, about four miles west of Lumberton.

Butler, who was driving a 2005 International 18-wheel tractor-trailer, was traveling north on Chicken Road when he stopped at the intersection with N.C. 72, Conner said. Butler then drove into the intersection and a 1990 Chevrolet van being driven by Davis struck the cab broadside while traveling at a speed of about 45 mph.

Davis, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected and died at the scene, according to Connor.

The van was destroyed and the tractor-trailer had about $8,500 in damage.

Connor said the accident occurred during heavy rain related to the remnants of Hurricane Michael, but characterized the visibility as being “good.”

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