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Trooper: Speed played factor in fatal crash

By Mike Valerio, Reporter
Published On: Aug 09 2012 01:32:06 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 09 2012 01:52:28 PM CDT
STELLA -

Bricks and metal litter a Carteret County front yard, after a BMW flipped several times and crashed into a house.

Lisa Wilson, 52, of Goldsboro was behind the wheel when her car hit the house Tuesday around 5:00 p.m. She was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center where she died from her injuries.

According to the initial crash investigation, Wilson travelled at about 90 miles per hour southbound on Old Church Road. The speed limit on that road is 45, and investigators are also trying to determine if alcohol may have also been a factor, which is a common practice in wrecks like this.

In an interview Wednesday, Highway Patrol Trooper J.C. Howell said Wilson ran off the road and struck a driveway culvert. Wilson and her four-door BMW were then sent airborne. The car then hit the ground and flipped multiple times, slamming into a brick house at 950 Old Church Road.

One man was inside the house during the crash. Trooper Howell said the man was the homeowner, who was working on remodeling the house.

The homeowner was uninjured and was not living at the address while work was being finished.

A cause of the crash has not yet been determined. "Speed definitely played a role, but we haven't got the blood work back yet," Howell said.

Wilson's husband was notified of the crash, and told investigators that high speed driving is not typical for his wife.

No other neighbors were injured in the incident.