Troopers: Red light runner causes fatal accident

Published: Jan. 19, 2012 at 7:40 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2012 at 6:04 PM EST
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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A woman was killed Wednesday afternoon after another driver ran a red light on US-17, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Troopers say 72-year-old Barbara Brunson, of Bolivia, was driving west on NC-211 around 3:50 p.m. when 51-year-old Danny Chase, of Shallotte, ran a red light while traveling north on US-17.

Chase's pick-up truck collided with the driver's side door of Brunson's 1990 Mazda Miata. Officers say both cars are likely totaled.

Brunson was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Chase was arrested and was in custody in the Brunswick County Jail. He's facing three charges: misdemeanor death by vehicle, driving with a suspended license, and failure to stop at a red light. Chase is being held on a $15,000 bond.

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