Salisbury woman receives minor injuries, charged in collision

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 29, 2012

?SALISBURY — A Salisbury woman suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Shue and Grace Church roads Wednesday morning. The collision happened about 10 a.m.
Justa Benitez, 40, of Hallmark Circle, Salisbury, was traveling on Shue Road when she failed to yield at the intersection, said North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper S.B. Marshall.
Drake Morgan, 24, of Rock Creek Road, Rockwell, was southbound on Grace Church Road when his pickup hit the passenger side of Benitez’ Cadillac.
The pickup, a 2007 F-350, rolled onto its side along Grace Church Road. The passenger vehicle, a 2000 Cadillac, came to rest near the pickup on Shue Road.
Benitez was charged with failing to yield right of way and driving without a license.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Benitez received some facial injuries from broken glass and her airbag did not deploy, Marshall said.
She was taken to Rowan Regional Medical Center.
Morgan had to crawl out of a sunroof to free himself.
The call came in to dispatchers by firefighters at Locke Township. The station is located just a short distance from the wreck.
Firefighter Chief Rusty Alexander said the firefighters heard the wreck and called it into authorities.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.