Driver charged after safety worker killed in I-95 accident near Lumberton

Pamela Johnstone - Robeson County Sheriff's Department

LUMBERTON, N.C.  – Two Stay Alert Safety Security workers were struck, and one was killed, early Thursday morning when a driver hit them on I-95 northbound.

The incident happened just before 5 a.m. on I-95 northbound at the 16-mile marker, Lumberton Police said. Officers arrived on scene and found two Stay Alert Safety Services workers had been struck by a vehicle.

Sergio Escobar, 31, of Middlesex and Michael Paris, 27, of Zebulon were preparing to open up the interstate to traffic early Thursday morning. Paris had just exited his work vehicle, a 2015 Dodge Ram pickup truck, when a 2004 Jeep Liberty driven by 53-year-old Pamela Gail Johnstone of Swickley, Pennsylvania, slammed into him.

Pamela Johnstone (Photo: Robeson County Sheriff)
Pamela Johnstone (Photo: Robeson County Sheriff)

Johnstone’s Jeep then smashed into Escobar, killing him on the scene. Johnstone continued driving north before veering off the road and crashing through a wire fence.

Paris was transported to UNC Hospitals.

Johnstone was not injured in the crash. Johnstone was arrested and charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, failure to maintain a lane, failure to reduce speed and failure to yield the right of way at a construction site causing bodily injury.

Johnstone was traveling between 70 and 75 miles per hour at the time. She is at the Robeson County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond.

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