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SHALLOTTE—Brunswick County’s first fatal crash of the year claimed the life of 56-year-old Shallotte resident Don Cordell Bryant on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Bryant was involved in a one-vehicle wreck on N. Mulberry Street shortly after 8 p.m. Multiple law enforcement agencies and first responders arrived on the scene within minutes of the call being dispatched.
According to Sgt. Chris Williams with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Bryant’s vehicle rolled over several times trapping him in the vehicle.
“It appears the vehicle rolled on its side and rolled over numerous times. We aren’t sure how many times it rolled,” Sgt. Williams said.
There were no other passengers in the vehicle and no other injuries were reported, according to highway patrol.
The wreck occurred just past a curve and right before the bridge on a straight part of the roadway on N. Mulberry Street.
Highway Patrol believes Bryant’s vehicle ran off the road on the right side just before the bridge and came back onto the roadway.
“It appears he started rolling on the roadway before he left the roadway on the left side,” Williams said. “There are gouge marks on the asphalt where the rims dug into the pavement.”
Highway Patrol believes alcohol and excessive speed may be factors. North Mulberry Street was closed for about two hours while emergency crews worked to clear the scene.
A large crowd of onlookers gathered at the wreck site Tuesday night including some friends and family members. Highway Patrol had three troopers there along with deputies from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Shallotte Police Department. The Shallotte Fire Department was one of the first emergency crews to arrive.
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