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Seventh fatality in Brunswick County in October

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By Rachel Johnson, Staff Writer

Around 6:46 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. 17 claimed the seventh life on Brunswick County roadways during October.

Levi Sovie, 35, of Leland, was driving a white Suburban in the northbound lane of U.S. 17. He was in the construction zone near Goodman Road just south of Leland. His vehicle overturned.

According to Sgt. E.C. Harris with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Sovie apparently overcorrected his vehicle by pulling the wheel to the right, then immediately back to the left, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

“The vehicle ran off the roadway to the left and overturned. Sovie was ejected from the vehicle,” Harris said. “His vehicle also struck an excavator.”

The excavator was described as being an 80,000-pound piece of heavy equipment used for construction work.

“There was no activity in the construction zone at the time of the wreck,” Harris said.

Sovie was the driver and only occupant. He was not wearing a seat belt. Drugs and alcohol aren’t thought to be factors.

Harris said highway patrol has been reviewing the seven fatal wrecks in Brunswick County for similarities. The majority of them have been single-vehicle crashes.

“We try to look at the trends to see what we can change. Nothing has been consistent with the cause of the wrecks,” Harris said.

The majority of the wrecks have been attributed to lack of attention on the driver’s part. He said there isn’t much the highway patrol can do to prevent these types of wrecks.

Harris stressed the importance of wearing a seat belt.

“We are constantly conducting enforcement as it relates to unrestrained motorists as well as education programs to get compliance with the restraint law,” Harris said. “I urge the importance of being restrained in automobiles at all times.”