Some Kinston residents remain without internet, cable, and cell phone services after a vehicle struck utility poles Sunday night.
According to Kinston Police Department Sgt. B. Biggins, 56-year-old John Smith was traveling north on Herritage Street when his 2002 GMC SUV swerved, striking utility poles and overturning in a driveway near Highland Avenue Sunday, Nov. 29, at 8:45 p.m.
The accident caused 62 homes in the northern portion of Kinston to be without power, but Kinston Mayor Dontario Hardy said Duke Energy and Kinston Public Services have restored all power with the exception of 10 homes. He said Suddenlink is workinng to restore internet and cable, while U.S. Cellular looks to bring back cell phone services for residents by 5 p.m. on Monday.
“It’s a major issue where it will take several hours. So, hopefully by the end of the day, Suddenlink can take care of the Wi-Fi issue, along with people’s cable, and some mobile phones with U.S. Cellular,” Hardy said. “We’re just waiting for the infamous Wi-Fi. They said they haven’t had anything like this to happen before.
“He (Smith) hit it just right to destroy it and inconvenience a whole lot of folks.”
According to Biggins, Smith struck two utility poles before his vehicle overturned and landed in a driveway at 1319 N. Herritage St. Smith claimed he swerved to miss an oncoming vehicle in his lane, but a witness told officers there were no other vehicles on the road at that time. Smith, who was the only person in the SUV, was taken to UNC Lenoir Health Care for what Biggins described as visible injuries based on the accident report.
“Alcohol and drugs were suspected,” Biggins said. “But the results were that no alcohol or drugs were found. They performed an alcohol test but it showed to be negative.”
Officers were notified of juveniles throwing rocks or bricks at vehicles in that area on Friday night, but officers do not believe objects were thrown at Smith’s vehicle. Biggins said four incidents took place Friday night on the 1100, 1600, and 1800 blocks of North Herritage Street.
“There was a report of some juveniles throwing objects at cars, but they fled the scene before officers arrived,” Biggins said. “There’s nothing indicating or observed at the scene that would put the two related.”
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