Currituck man dies in US 158 collision


By Chris Day
Multimedia Editor

Saturday, February 9, 2019

CURRITUCK — A Currituck man was killed and two people were hospitalized in a two-vehicle collision in Poplar Branch, Friday evening. 

Jonathan Walker, 19, of Currituck, was killed after the black 2017 Nissan Altima he was driving crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle, said Trooper B.K. White of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred around 5 p.m. Friday near a slight turn in the road on U.S. Highway 158 between Mutt-N-Jeff’s Country Kitchen and Digger’s Dungeon, White said.

Walker’s vehicle was traveling north on U.S. 158 when it crossed the center line and struck near head-on a southbound Ford F-150 pickup with Virginia registration, White said.

The Nissan went under the truck, causing the truck to flip several times before coming to a rest on the southbound shoulder. The Nissan did not flip but spun uncontrollably before coming to a stop in the northbound lane, White said.

At the time of the accident, Walker was not wearing a seat belt and was traveling alone, White said.

The driver of the pickup truck, 33-year-old Jamie Lafoon, and passenger, 34-year-old Crystal Short, were transported to Sentara Albemarle Medical Hospital, White said. Short was wearing a seat belt but Lafoon was not, White said. 

No charges were filed and speed, drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the accident, White said.  

The Highway Patrol was notified of the accident around 5:12 p.m. Friday. Traffic was diverted east along Aydlett Road for about an hour while the scene was cleared.