Trucker dies in collision after SUV attempts to pass

By Mark Schremmer, Land Line staff writer | 7/5/2017

A 64-year-old truck driver from Kenansville, N.C., died in a crash involving his tractor-trailer and an SUV on the morning of Monday, July 3 on State Road 1501 in Duplin County, N.C.

The driver of the SUV, Selimaine Chancy, 34, was charged with misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle, according to Sgt. S.B. Lewis of the Troop B District 4 Office with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Rudolph Davis, 64, died in the crash, which occurred at 3:32 a.m. Monday.

Sgt. Lewis said Davis’ tractor-trailer was traveling westbound, and the SUV was traveling behind. The SUV then attempted to pass the SUV and merge back into the westbound lane.

“It hadn’t completely passed the 18-wheeler when it started merging back into the right-hand lane,” Lewis said. “And when it did, it struck the left-front corner of the 18-wheeler.”

The collision forced the SUV to slide off the road before stopping on the right-hand shoulder. The impact also caused the tractor-trailer to go off the roadway to the right before re-entering the roadway, crossing the center line and overturning. After overturning, the tractor-trailer struck a utility pole on the eastbound side of the road.

Sgt. Lewis said it was unknown whether or not the tractor was speed limited.

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