One dead, two injured in weekend wreck

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

Just after 4 p.m. Sunday, 74-year-old William Charles Lambert, of Longs, S.C., drove his car off U.S. 17 about two miles south of Leland.

N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. A.E. Morris said a passenger in Lambert’s 2002 Honda SUV told troopers Lambert complained of a medical condition right before driving off the road. Lambert died and two of his passengers suffered serious injuries and were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

While Morris said it was likely Lambert suffered a heart attack or blacked out behind the wheel, the cause would not be determined until after an autopsy is performed.

Lambert, who Morris said was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected from the SUV after it struck a driveway culvert and overturned. Morris said Lambert was driving about 55 mph, the speed limit on U.S. 17.

At press time Monday, passengers Frank Derose and his wife Irene Derose, of Little River, S.C., were both in critical condition at New Hanover.