Sheriff involved in second wreck this year
Orange County Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass was involved in a two-car accident on Old N.C. 86 at the Interstate 40 interchange on Aug. 19.
Pendergrass, 79, who was driving a 2002 Ford police vehicle, was driving south on Old N.C. 86 and was starting to turn left onto the entrance ramp to I-40 when a 2013 Ford SUV that was traveling north hit his vehicle.
A N.C. State Highway Patrol collision report said Pendergrass failed to yield the right of way.
The 38-year-old female driver from Efland was in the other vehicle and was not seriously injured. Pendergrass said he was not injured, but he was wearing a small cast Thursday on his left hand that he said covered some stitches.
Pendergrass said that as he was getting ready to turn left, a car passed him on the right, which distracted him and he drove into the path of the oncoming vehicle. After the collision, both vehicles came to a rest facing north, the report said.
The accident occurred about 5:20 p.m. Pendergrass was driving less than 10 miles an hour, and the other driver was driving about 45 miles per hour, the report said.
Pendergrass’s vehicle sustained about $4,500 in damages to the right side front quarter of his car, and the other vehicle sustained about $1,400 in damages to its front left corner, according to an N.C. Highway Patrol trooper’s estimate of the damages.
It was the second accident this year for Pendergrass. On Jan. 4, Pendergrass was driving north on Churton Street in Hillsborough next to the courthouse about 3:30 p.m. when the two cars in front of him stopped for a red light. He was unable to stop in time and hit a 2011 Hyundai in front of him. He was going about 20 miles per hour and had braked to 10 miles per hour when he hit the back of the car, the report stated.
The impact caused the Hyundai to move forward and hit a 2006 Ford Mustang, which had also stopped when the light turned red.
There was no damage to the Mustang, and the Hyundai had no damage to its front, but had some damage to its rear end, an accident report stated. The officer estimated the rear end damage to the Hyundai at $3,500, and damage to the front of Pendergrass’s SUV at $5,000.
The other drivers did not sustain any injuries, and Pendergrass suffered a small cut to his left hand, the report said.