CLARKTON — Emergency personnel responded to a reported wreck early Friday morning to discover criminal actions may have been the cause.
Clarkton Station 52 and Bladen County EMS were paged to a single-vehicle wreck on Hwy. 211 near the Elkton Road intersection around 5:20 a.m. A Nissan Altima driven by Bryan Smith of 158 White Hall Road, Whiteville, had gone off the right side of the road and had come to rest at the edge of the ditch.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, Smith was out of the vehicle with his hand wrapped in a T-shirt that was soaked with blood from a severe cut to his hand, Captain Rusty Marsh said Monday morning. In speaking with Smith, however, Marsh discovered that loss of blood from the cut could have been the initial cause of the wreck.
“He told me he had been cut by a man,” Marsh said. “He said he didn’t know the guy’s name who had cut him — that he was just trying to be nice and gave the guy a ride.”
Marsh said that Smith had apparently lost consciousness behind the wheel causing the car to veer off the road.
“He was pale from losing so much blood and close to going into shock,” Marsh said. “I applied pressure to the cut on his hand until EMS got there.”
Smith’s only apparent injury was the laceration to his hand, Marsh said.
Two deputies from the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office reported to the scene, Bladen County Sheriff Steve Bunn said. According to the only reports Bunn was able to obtain by press time on Monday, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was advised around 5:45 a.m., that the laceration to Smith’s hand had been the result of an assault that had occurred in Columbus County.
Attempts to obtain further information from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office were unsuccessful.
Smith was transported by Bladen County EMS to Columbus Regional Healthcare System for treatment. His condition was not known as of press time.