Surf City crash victims identified; bail remains at $100K for man charged in wreck

Judge upholds $100k bond for man accused of DWI in fatal Surf City crash

SURF CITY, NC (WECT) - The two people who died in a vehicle crash on Jan. 20 in Surf City have been identified.

According to a news release from the Surf City Police Department, the deceased are Tommy Rifton Bradshaw, 38, of Rose Hill, and Jamison Davis, 37, of Spencer, Mass. Surf City police received confirmation of their identities from the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday night around 8 p.m.

Witnesses told officers they spotted a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed collide with a second vehicle as both were traveling south on North New River Drive around 10:30 p.m. The second vehicle flipped and caught fire after the crash.

The driver, Bradshaw, and Davis were pronounced dead at the scene.

James Coleman Thomason from Topsail Beach was driving the vehicle that hit Bradshaw and Davis. Thomason sustained serious injuries and was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Thomason was charged with two counts of felony death by motor vehicle, DWI, open container violation, improper passing, reckless driving, driving left of center, exceeding posted speed, and failure to reduce speed.

A Pender County judge upheld Thomason’s bond of $100,000 when he made his first court appearance Tuesday. His next court date is scheduled for Feb. 13.

The Surf City Police Department is asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has other information that could help the investigation to call 910-328-7711.

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