Woman killed in crash with fencepost

By William R. Toler

August 7, 2014

ELLERBE — A Richmond County woman died Wednesday after her car crashed through a wooden fence at a quail-hunting preserve, according to state troopers.

Kimberly Nicole Sellers, 41, of Clayton Carriker Road outside Ellerbe, was killed when a fence post smashed through the windshield of her Volkswagen Passat and struck her in the face, said Trooper Grooms of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

The wreck happened on the 500 block of John Webb Road southwest of Ellerbe. Grooms said Sellers was traveling around 50 mph when her car ran off the road to the right and struck the fence.

Grooms said the car traveled 496 feet after leaving the road. The wreck remained under investigation Thursday night, and Grooms said he had not yet been able to determine what caused Sellers’ car to run off the road.

The Ellerbe Fire Department and two ambulances from FirstHealth responded to the scene along with the Highway Patrol.

Several passersby stopped to offer assistance and watch the rescue effort and investigation unfold.

Emergency dispatchers initially believed a child was involved in the wreck. Grooms said that was because a booster seat was found in the car and first responders knew Sellers had a child. Grooms said the child was not in the car.

The John Webb Road address where the crash occurred is the listed address for The Webb Farm, a 1,200-acre preserve with on-site lodging for wingshooting enthusiasts to hunt bobwhite quail.

Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.