63-year-old woman killed in 3-car crash on US 70 in Clayton

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Woman killed in 3-car crash in Clayton
A 63-year-old Clayton woman died and a teen driver was hospitalized after a three-car crash in Johnston County.

CLAYTON, N.C. (WTVD) -- One person was killed and a teen driver was taken to the hospital after a three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Johnston County.

It happened about 2:45 p.m. on US Highway 70 near Financial Drive, near the entrance to the Walmart in Clayton.

Clayton Police Chief Greg Tart said a 17-year-old in a 2005 Toyota Camry was traveling in the left lane eastbound side and multiple witnesses told officers that leading up to the wreck, the boy and someone in a black Dodge Ram truck were speeding and driving aggressively

The Camry then crashed into a 2017 Toyota Rav4, which flipped and struck a 2023 Honda CRV on Financial Drive that was at the stop sign waiting to turn onto eastbound lanes of US 70.

The driver of the Rav4, Joan Ann Drake, 63, of Clayton was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 17-year-old driver suffered a laceration on his hand and was taken to WakeMed and transferred to WakeMed Pediatrics.

The CRV driver, a 26-year-old woman, was not seriously injured.

None of the vehicles had passengers, police said.

Eastbound lanes of US 70 were closed while officers investigated.


Clayton Police are continuing to investigate and reconstruct the accident. Charges are pending the results of the investigation, police said.

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