By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on July 15, 2021
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.