Brother of driver killed in accident

Staff Report

More details regarding a Saturday’s one-vehicle accident on N.C. 103 in the Flat Rock area have been released.

The operator of the vehicle and the person who died from his injuries were brothers, according to an official from the N.C. Highway Patrol.

N.C. Highway Patrol Sergeant Mitch Haunn said that James Martin, 55, of Atkins Lane, was killed when the Ford pick-up truck driven by his brother, John Martin Jr, 47, of Lincolnton, rolled onto him. The elder Martin had been ejected from the vehicle, which was traveling westbound on N.C. 103, when the truck swerved off the road and flipped.

According to Haunn, James Martin was not wearing a seat-belt. John, the driver, was wearing his seat-belt and is recovering from his injuries at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Haunn said that the two brothers were the only people in the vehicle.

Haunn also said that alcohol consumption is believed to have been a factor in Saturday’s fatal accident. Though toxicology reports are not yet available, John Martin Jr. has been charged with operating a vehicle while impaired and driving with a revoked license.

Haunn said that officials from his agency will meet with the District Attorney in about two weeks to determine whether or not more charges will be filed.

Staff Report

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