Findings on Kitty Hawk crash rule out several causes 

By on July 15, 2021

Probe finds no impairment, no mechanical failure, no phone use

July 1 multi-vehicle accident in Kitty Hawk.

On July 15, Kitty Hawk Police Chief Joel Johnston released new information about the investigation into the July 1 multi-vehicle accident in Kitty Hawk that caused one fatality – findings that appear to rule out several potential causes of the crash.

On July 10, Kitty Hawk Police announced the arrest of Billy Ray Turner, the Jarvisburg man driving the commercial tanker truck that caused the accident. Turner was charged with Misdemeanor Death by Vehicle, Careless and Reckless Driving, and Running a Red Light.

According to Johnson, additional testing found that Turner was not impaired at the time of the accident.

In addition, mechanical failure does not seem to be a factor. The Kitty Hawk Police Department impounded the truck and the NC Highway Patrol Commercial Motor Carrier Enforcement responded and conducted an inspection of the truck and no mechanical failures were discovered.

Turner’s cell phone was also taken as part of the investigation at the scene. And there is no evidence on the phone, Johnson noted, that points to Turner being on the phone while driving.

Jarvisburg man charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle in July 1 Kitty Hawk accident





  • C A

    I’m glad for this young man (driver of comm. truck) in that those elements stated in the article were not the cause of the crash.

    We are however left wondering, or speculating exactly what did cause this horrific crash. After such investigations, has a conclusive reason been found?

    Again, so sorry for the families involved, including the driver. Prayers to each and all.

    Thursday, Jul 15 @ 4:13 pm
  • Peter Hummers

    Have a feeling that maybe someone (a visitor?) wasn’t familiar with our center (“suicide”) lane system?

    Friday, Jul 16 @ 10:19 am
  • Dylan

    Maybe the guy was just tired of all the traffic congestion and just took matters into his own hands…..

    Friday, Jul 16 @ 2:51 pm
  • Johnny

    It’s pretty simple
    He was going way too fast to stop. Made a bad decision
    Surprised it doesn’t happen more often the way the dump truck and commercial drivers handle their rigs around here. Pretty scary usually.

    Tuesday, Jul 20 @ 5:25 am
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