By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A man driving a tractor was killed Tuesday afternoon in Hoke County when a car rear-ended him, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Gillis “June” Hailey, 65, of the 300 block of South Highland Road in Red Springs died at the scene of the accident, a report said.
The wreck happened Tuesday afternoon on Old Wire Road near John Road. Hailey was driving a 1960 International Harvester tractor on Old Wire Road. Eleanna Marie Harrison, 18, of the 2000 block of Lothbury Drive in Fayetteville was driving a 2017 Hyundai Elantra going in the same direction.
Harrison reportedly failed to reduce speed and crashed into the farm equipment while traveling at approximately 55 miles an hour. Hailey was flung off the tractor by the impact. The tractor then flipped over, pinning Hailey underneath it.
Harrison’s passenger car crossed the center line and ran off the road. The Hyundai caught on fire and burned.
Rescuers arrived and put out the fire. Hoke emergency dispatch called for a helicopter transport in case it was needed, but first responders at the scene took Harrison by ambulance to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville. She has since been released from the hospital, according to a Highway Patrol trooper.
Harrison faces charges of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.
Hailey was a Hoke High graduate of the Class of 1975, according to classmates. He was an employee at Goodyear Tire before retiring earlier this year, his social media stated.