Newport police report 1 person dead, another critically injured in Thursday morning wreck

A Honda passenger car lies by the side of Highway 70 in Newport Thursday morning after running off the road and striking a tree, resulting in the death of one passenger and leaving the driver in critical but stable condition. (Capt. James Alexander photo)

NEWPORT — A traffic accident Thursday morning near Fort Benjamin Park resulted in one fatality and one occupant in stable but critical condition.

A call went out over the emergency scanner for a vehicle collision at 7 a.m. Thursday, just off of Highway 70 West in Newport.

The Newport Police Department, Newport Fire Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol responded to a single vehicle, a Honda four-door passenger car, which Newport Police Chief Keith Lewis said had gone off the road while traveling west toward Havelock.

“They went off the road and hit a tree,” Chief Lewis told the News-Times, “resulting in one fatality and one person critically injured.”

Newport Police Department Capt. James Alexander confirmed with the News-Times Friday morning the passenger was 24-year-old Tia Marie Horton of Havelock, while the driver was 45-year-old Joshua Scott Robinson.

Mr. Robinson was transported to Carteret Health Care in Morehead City. Chief Lewis said Thursday he was listed in “critical but stable condition.”  

Capt. Alexander said Friday Mr. Robinson was transferred Thursday afternoon to Vidant Health in Greenville, still in stable, but critical condition.

As of Thursday morning, law enforcement is still investigating the cause of the wreck, though Chief Lewis said speed was a factor.


Reporter's note: This article was last updated at 12:41 pm. Friday, Aug. 6, 2021.


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