One killed, two injured in Busco Beach ATV accident

By William Holloman

Staff Writer

A four-wheeler accident near midnight last Friday at Busco Beach, south of Goldsboro, claimed the life of one and hospitalized two others.

Pronounced dead at the scene was 30-year-old James Ray Cornett, driver of the four-wheeler.

His wife, 29-year-old Tesa Marie Cornett and a friend, 30-year-old Aleisha Dawn Krause, were hospitalized at Wayne UNC Health Care, according to a report from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department. As of Sunday morning, Ms. Cornett has been discharged from Wayne UNC Health Care, and Ms. Krause is in stable condition.

All three are from Bailey, N.C.

Officers said a call to the Wayne County 911 Center was received at 12:10 a.m. regarding a four-wheeler vehicle crash at the popular ATV recreation area on Bryan Boulevard. The caller reported that CPR was being administered, but the male victim was not responsive.

Mar Mac first responders, Mar Mac firemen, and Wayne County EMS responded, along with North Carolina Highway Patrol and sheriff’s department officials.

Officials said the accident occurred when the four-wheeler hit a mound of dirt and began rolling over.

The victims were all outside the vehicle when rescue personnel arrived.

Busco Beach has been a longtime popular recreational area and has hosted a national ATV trail competition. At times, over the years, it has also been the center of ongoing controversy.

Most recently, Bryan Boulevard resident Latrice Stanley aired repeated complaints before Wayne County Commissioners and the Goldsboro City Council about loud noise throughout the night. She told the Tribune some weeks ago that she feels her complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

One county commissioner told the Tribune that Ms. Stanley does have a legitimate complaint.

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