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Troopers: no charges to be filed in deadly Martin Co. wreck

Published On: Feb 26 2013 12:42:43 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 28 2013 04:22:20 PM CST
ROBERSONVILLE, MARTIN COUNTY -

No charges will be filed in a deadly wreck, in which two elderly women were killed, but the husband of one of the victims survived.

Nellie Faye Sawyer, 81, of Everetts, and Reba Keel Roberson, 73, died in the crash at the intersection of Highway 64 Alternate and Clark Road in Robersonville. Troopers got the call at about 8 p.m. Monday.

Sawyer's husband, 84-year-old James Rufus Stancill, was driving on U.S. 64 Alternate, when his vehicle crashed into a Ford pickup truck being towed by a wrecker, said Trooper Brian S. Allen. The wrecker was waiting to make a turn into Williams Service Center when the accident happened.

Stancill suffered severe injuries and was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. At last check, he was listed in serious condition.

According to the Highway Patrol, no charges will be filed because a reenactment of the accident showed both parties were at fault.

Stancill was not supposed to be driving after dark, and the brake lights on the wrecker were not visible, troopers said. The district attorney decided not to file charges as a result.

Meanwhile, loved ones of the two elderly women, killed in the crash, shared their reactions of what happened.

"Sort of surreal, I guess at this point, all of a sudden, you get a call that your mother or your grandmother or your aunt died from an automobile accident," said Robert Cherry, nephew of 81-year-old Nellie Faye Sawyer.

"I hate it for my wife and I hate it for my son. I also hate it for the old man. I hate it for all the folks concerned," said Johnny Roberson, ex-husband of Reba Keel Roberson. "It's a bad situation."

According to family, Stancill was a good driver who never went over the speed limit. They also said he was close with his wife, who died in the wreck.

"They were good friends a couple of years or so before they got married, and after they got married they didn't slow down a bit," Cherry said.

The driver of the tow truck, Mack Flynt, is doing okay after the wreck, said Trooper Allen.