Two Manteo women killed in two-vehicle crash near Pirate’s Cove

By on June 29, 2024

Two Manteo women, said to be close fishing friends, died after a two-vehicle crash on US 64 in front of Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo that occurred just before noon on Thursday, June 27.

The deceased are Janice Bateman and Frances Brinn, both in their early 80’s, who passed after being transported to hospitals. Bateman was taken to the Outer Banks Hospital while Brinn was taken to a hospital in Virginia.

According to Sgt. Pridgen of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the Ford sedan carrying Bateman and Brinn was travelling east in the turn lane when it attempted to make a left turn into Pirate’s Cove. The vehicle then collided with an F-450 Ford truck, with five individuals inside, that was travelling west on 64.

The injuries to those in the Ford truck were deemed either minor or not life threatening. According to Sgt. Pridgen, there appeared to be a failure to yield by the Ford sedan. It was determined there was no excessive speed nor any impairment with the driver of the F-450 truck.

More details if and when they become available.



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  • Glenn

    How very tragic & sad. Our deepest condolences to the families of the two ladies who passed away. Wishing a speedy recovery to the driver/passengers of the truck.

    Saturday, Jun 29 @ 9:26 pm
  • TrustButVerify

    OBX tradition to pull out in front of traffic. It’s one of the worst habits in the area. Even VA drivers who are among the worst don’t do it like OBX’ers do.

    Sunday, Jun 30 @ 7:08 am
  • Liz

    Is there a reason you’re thoughtlessly pointing out this supposed fact at a time like this?
    Your comment is insensitive, irrelevant, and unkind.
    If it was true, there would be many more accidents like this.
    Shame on you.

    Sunday, Jun 30 @ 10:53 am

    Seriously @TrustButVerify? How insensitive can you be? Are your plans to attend their memorial services only to stand and make this declaration? Accidental left turns into oncoming traffic happen everywhere. So sad.

    Sunday, Jun 30 @ 8:59 pm
  • Travis

    One of the stupidest, most confusing things for everyone – visitors and locals alike – are the intersections that display a flashing yellow signal for a left turn while the corresponding lanes (north or south) have a red light.

    For example, you are northbound at Kitty Hawk Road and US 158 trying to turn left. The lights in your direction for northbound traffic can be RED, but the lights for southbound traffic might still be GREEN.

    Yes, of course, you, in the left turn lane, have a yellow light that indicates using caution to turn. But come on, man, human nature. If you see red lights in one direction, you assume red lights in the other direction.

    It’s a constant recipe for disaster that surprisingly doesn’t end in more wrecks.

    Every local government should petition the Department of Transportation to cycle the lights in a way that does not present confusion for drivers.

    I don’t know with any certainty that this is what happened at Pirate’s Cove, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case.

    Sunday, Jun 30 @ 9:17 pm
  • Ocracoke Girl

    This is so very sad. I agree 100% with Travis and what he wrote about the yellow flashing turn lights. It makes no sense and is very confusing for many people. I through there very often. My son has been driving for a year and did his first drive off the island following me up there last week. All I have ever done with him is preach to him that you always have to pay attention to everything and everyone. I know the f450 was at no fault and I feel so bad for them. I am sure it’s hard on them all. But anyway I always tell him to not try to beat the light and always watch the oncoming traffic and side traffic if you are at a RED light and it turnsGreen. I tell him to wait a second before takeoff to make sure nobody is coming from the side direction were the light just turned Red. I see it all the time.God Bless all the families involve.

    Monday, Jul 1 @ 12:56 am
  • Larry

    If any of you are confused about a flashing yellow light / Arrow , then do us all a favor stay off the road…

    Monday, Jul 1 @ 12:08 pm
  • UnderstandsTheArrow


    “But come on, man, human nature. If you see red lights in one direction, you assume red lights in the other direction.”

    Wow. I don’t think it’s human nature, I think you just haven’t learned the ropes. There should be no confusion about those arrows and your comments are downright scary knowing I share the same roads with you. They are uniformly as you describe, everywhere. They are no different on the OBX.

    You are only concerned with the light in your lane. It tells you everything you need to know and leaves no room for assumptions if you know how to read it. If you have a flashing yellow arrow and the straight through lanes beside you have red lights, they are irrelevant to you. A yellow arrow always means there is an oncoming or upcoming hazard. You must yield to all oncoming traffic, pedestrians, and cyclists. Period. This is basic driver’s education stuff.

    Tuesday, Jul 2 @ 10:50 am
  • Travis

    Glad Larry and Understands are such perfect motorists. Never had a moment of inattention while driving. Never distracted by screaming kids in the back seat. Never peering through a downpour. Never missed seeing a driver in the opposite direction who forgot to turn on his headlights. Never lost on the road, trying to figure out where they were. Never late for work. Never driving with a headache. Never jamming out to the radio and enjoying the freedom of the road.

    Just totally focused on what they are doing behind the wheel 24/7.

    The governor should give you two a medal.

    Sunday, Jul 7 @ 1:24 pm