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Woman Sustains Fatal Injuries in Calabash Accident – One Driver May Have Been Impaired

August 05, 2019

CALABASH, NORTH CAROLINA – As reported online at and, a 71-year-old woman was killed in a three-vehicle accident, and authorities believe one driver may have been impaired.*

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a 71-year-old woman died in a three-vehicle accident in Calabash.  The accident happened in the afternoon on U.S. 17 at NC 904 near Sunset Beach.  A 67-year-old Oak Island man was driving north in his Toyota on U.S. 17 when he allegedly ran a red light and struck a Mazda van that was traveling west on NC 904.  The impact of the collision caused the Mazda to be pushed sideways and into a Dodge van.  

The 71-year-old woman was the driver of the Mazda van, and she was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.  The 67-year-old Oak Island man was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.  He is currently in critical but stable condition.  The driver of the Dodge van was transported to Grand Strand Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Authorities believe the 67-year-old Oak Island man may have been impaired at the time of the accident. As such, the North Carolina Highway Patrol is working with the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office to determine if the 67-year-old Oak Island man will be facing criminal charges.

North Carolina Drunk Driving Statistics

In 2017, North Carolina saw a total of 11,342 traffic accidents that involved alcohol.  Of this number, a total of 7,922 accidents resulted in physical injuries, and a total of 368 accidents resulted in fatalities.  Overall, the average number of drunk driving accidents has remained the same since 2012, and data for 2018 has not yet been released.  As such, it is unclear whether North Carolina has seen a reduction in drunk driving accidents over the past two years.

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