• August 10, 2022

Melvin “Dennis” Fortney III Killed in Truck Accident on Hwy 58 in Kinston, NC

Kinston, NC — August 9, 2022, 56-year-old paramedic Melvin "Dennis" Fortney III died in a collision with a dump truck on Highway 58 in Kinston.

According to reports the incident happened around 6:15 a.m. along Highway 58 South near Lenoir Community College. Preliminary investigation suggests Fortney was riding a motorcycle south on the roadway when a northbound dump truck turned left toward a business parking lot nearby. The truck struck the motorcycle while turning.

Fortney suffered fatal injuries in the collision.

The crash remains under investigation but charges are reportedly pending against the truck driver.

No further information is available at this time.

Melvin "Dennis" Fortney III Killed in Crash with Dump Truck on Hwy 58 in Kinston, NC

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