Tue Oct 27, 2020

NCSHP: Two who died in N.C. 130 weren’t wearing seat belts

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Two people in this GMC van died in a wreck on N.C. 130 near the Columbus-Brunswick County line Thursday morning. A third person was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Photo by Rocky McPherson.
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A back-seat passenger is stable after a Thursday morning single-vehicle wreck killed two people on N.C. 130 west of the Columbus-Brunswick line.

According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Ezzell, at 8:17 a.m., a GMC van traveling east going about 55 mph near Oscar Ezzell Road ran off the road to the right, overcorrected, swerved left of center and overturned on the road.

The driver, Juan Mizael Perez, 25, of Woodland; and front passenger Kevin Yacir Ramirez, 21, of Falcon; were ejected from the vehicle and were pronounced dead. Ezzell said that neither Perez or Ramirez was wearing a seat belt.

The back-seat passenger, who was not named, was taken by ambulance to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington where they are stable, Ezzell said. The back-seat passenger was wearing a seat belt, Ezzell said.

Responding units included Nakina Rescue, Old Dock-Cypress Creek Fire and Waccamaw EMS and Fire from Brunswick County. N.C. 130 was closed in both directions following the wreck.

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