Bladen County, NC (June 16, 2021) – A 40-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle crash on North Carolina Highway 41 in Bladen County. The accident happened on Tuesday, June 15th.
According to Trooper J.C. Waldrop of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Derrick Highsmith, of Harrells, was driving a motorcycle on N.C. Highway 41. At the same time, a vehicle driven by Henry Howell, of Harrells, was traveling eastbound on N.C. 51. Howell attempted to make a left turn but turned into the path of the oncoming motorcycle. The two vehicles collided with each other. Highsmith was ejected from his bike and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Howell was taken to Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Following an investigation, Waldrop was issued a citation for misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failing to yield the right-of-way. Neither speed nor alcohol is believed to have played a role in the crash.
There is no further information available at this time.
Our most sincere thoughts and condolences are with the family of Derrick Highsmith during this difficult time.
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