A 20-year-old Warren County man recently became the first vehicle-related fatality reported by the State Highway Patrol in 2020 in Nash County.
Leontae Francis was driving his 2007 Honda car northwest on N.C. 43 in the Red Oak area when the vehicle entered a curve, crossed the center line, went off the pavement to the left, crossed a creek and struck an embankment, the patrol said in a report.
The vehicle overturned into a utility pole and Francis was ejected as a result of the wreck, the report said.
The wreck occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday in the vicinity of Tommy Road.
The patrol was notified at 3:45 a.m. and Trooper J.M. Roy responded. The Telegram obtained a copy of the report on Wednesday.
Whether alcohol or drugs are suspected as factors in the wreck remain unknown, but the report said Francis was not wearing a seatbelt and that he was driving 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.
The report said 335 feet of tire marks were found on the pavement, the vehicle’s speed was 75 mph at the point of impact and the vehicle went 41 feet after impact.
The damage to the vehicle was estimated at about $10,000, the report said.