Witnesses Say Motorcyclist Caused Wreck

The Erwin Police Department has identified the driver of a car that was involved in a fatal accident earlier this week. Interim Erwin Police Chief Jonathan Johnson said Johnny Jackson, 29, of Sanford was the driver of a Ford Mustang that was hit by a motorcycle driven by Benjamin Rucker III, 71, of Bunnlevel Tuesday afternoon.

According to Chief Johnson, six witnesses confirmed that Mr. Rucker failed to yield for the stoplight at the intersection of Red Hill Church Road and U.S. 421 and hit Mr. Jackson’s car.

Mr. Jackson was treated at the scene for minor injuries and told officers he planned to go to Besty Johnson Hospital in Dunn to be examined.

Mr. Rucker died at the scene of the accident.

“It was just a tragic accident,” Chief Johnson said.

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