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Driver charged with DWI after head-on Wilton crash

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CREEDMOOR — Officials believe alcohol was a factor in a crash that seriously injured multiple people last week at the intersection of N.C. highways 56 and 96.

An Oxford man has been charged with driving while impaired, according to a crash report from the N.C. Highway Patrol.

According to the report, the man, Eric Richard Meyer, was driving a Hyundai SUV north on Highway 96 when he went to turn left onto Highway 56 in the Wilton community. He didn’t yield to oncoming traffic and his vehicle struck head-on a Honda passenger car that was headed south on Highway 96.

Meyer’s vehicle came to a rest on its side in the middle of the road. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage.

The driver of the other car, Maggie Elizabeth Johnson of Kittrell, and a front-seat passenger, Whalen Johnson, sustained serious injuries. They were treated at Duke University Hospital.

A back-seat passenger, who was not named on the report, had minor injuries.

Meyer was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the report, and he was trapped inside the vehicle following the crash. He was later taken by Granville County EMS to WakeMed Hospital with serious injuries.

The report lists alcohol use as a suspected contributing factor and says an alcohol blood test is pending on Meyer.

Meyer was charged with DWI, failure to yield and not wearing a seatbelt.