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Williams Township student killed in wreck

An 11-year-old boy was killed Monday after his mother’s car was struck by a pickup at Sidney.

Joshua Clay Porter, a fifth grader at Williams Township, was in the passenger seat of a car driven by his mother, Crystal Matthews. The car was heading south on U.S. 701 when the crash occurred, according to Trooper Bret Baxley of the Highway Patrol.

Camerino Barron, 18, was traveling west on Peacock Road when he failed to stop for the stop sign and crushed the side of Matthew’s sedan. Barron has a Tabor City address, and Matthews lives in the Chadbourn area.

Porter was transported to a trauma center in Loris. Matthews and Barron were also transported, but neither had life threatening injuries, Baxley said. Both drivers and the child were wearing their seatbelts. Alcohol and drugs did not play a factor in the crash, Baxley said.

Barron has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.

Porter was the 17th highway fatality this year. The most recent death involved a pedestrian who was struck on N.C. 211 in Bolton.


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