Arrest made in tractor-trailer accident that killed a Wilmington man
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A man from White Oak is facing charges in connection to a fatal tractor-trailer accident on Highway 17 early Thursday.
According to Trooper John King, a tractor-trailer was making a left turn onto Hwy 17 north just before 6 a.m. when a vehicle ahead of it stopped in the median, forcing the tractor-trailer to come to a stop as well. The 18-wheeler's trailer remained across the southbound lanes of Hwy 17.
King said David Christopher Satrazemis, 62, of Wilmington, who was driving southbound was killed instantly when he crashed into the trailer and "decapitated" the top of his vehicle.
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According to Sgt. Chris Williams with the State Highway Patrol, it did not appear the vehicle was speeding, however there was no indication of brake marks prior to the collision. Williams also said the vehicle's lights were working, and there was no indication of alcohol or drug use by anyone involved.
Williams said the passenger in Satrazemis' vehicle had the seat laid all the way back, and only suffered a non-life-threatening head injury. The passenger was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
According to King, the driver of the tractor-trailer, Terry Maurice Baxley, 49, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. King says no impairment is suspected.
Baxley was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $15,000 bond.
King says the southbound lanes of Highway 17 were closed for approximately two hours while crews worked to clear the scene.
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