Man charged in deadly car crash
By AMELIA HARPER
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
A 75-year-old Tarboro man has been charged in the deaths of two Tarboro women who were killed last week in a motor vehicle collision.
According to information released on Monday by the Tarboro Police Department, the fatal collision took place about 10:45 a.m. on Sept. 3. Members of the Tarboro Police Department, Tarboro Fire Department and Edgecombe County Rescue Squad responded to the intersection of Main Street and Hope Lodge Street in Tarboro regarding a motor vehicle collision involving two passenger vehicles, the release said.
According to evidence collected during the investigation, the first vehicle, driven by 75-year-old Isaac Brown Jr. of Tarboro, was traveling north on Main Street approaching the intersection with Hope Lodge Street.
The second vehicle, driven by 77-year-old Betty Rogister of Tarboro, was originally stopped on Hope Lodge Street facing west and then proceeded to cross Main Street to continue traveling west. Both vehicles entered the intersection at the same time causing the first vehicle to hit the driver’s side area of the second vehicle, Tarboro Police Chief said in the release.
Brown, the only occupant in his vehicle, was transported to Vidant Edgecombe Hospital where he was treated and released.
Rogister and a passenger in her vehicle, 78-year-old Carolyn Jeffries of Tarboro, also were transported to Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, where Rogister died from her injuries, Webb said.
Jeffries was subsequently transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where she died two days later, Webb said.
On Sept. 3, Brown was charged with failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision and one count of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, Webb said. After the death of Jeffries on Sept. 6, Brown also was charged with a second count of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, according to the release.
The initial investigation revealed that Rogister had the right-of-way as both vehicles entered the intersection. In accordance with normal protocols involving fatal collisions, a sample of Brown’s blood was submitted to the State Crime Lab for analysis. However, no obvious signs of impairment or other contributing factors, beyond the previously mentioned traffic infraction, were noted the investigation. Nevertheless, the investigation will remain active pending the results of the laboratory analysis, Webb said in the release.
Webb said he and his officers were saddened by these tragic events.
“We wish to offer our heartfelt and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of both Mrs. Rogister and Mrs. Jeffries. Our thoughts, prayers and support will remain with each of you during this very difficult time,” Webb said.