One woman died following a collision involving two vehicles Saturday morning. The female passenger of a Hyundai Elantra was thrown from the vehicle during the impact and died at the scene.

The accident occurred outside of Southern Pines on U.S. Highway 1 North at the intersection with North May Street just before 2 a.m.

A black Ford pickup truck heading north on May Street ran off the road and through a stop sign striking the Hyundai, which was heading north on US 1.

The impact sent both vehicles across the median with the Elantra coming to stop at the edge of the median and the pickup truck across the road on the other side. 

The driver of the Elantra was transported to Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.  A passenger in the pickup truck did not require transport by EMS.

Travis Richard O’Donnell, 36, of Cameron, charged with felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, and unsafe movement by North Carolina Highway Patrol.  


Travis Richard O’Donnel

U.S. Highway 1 southbound was shut down and traffic rerouted. U.S. Highway 1 northbound was down to a single lane of traffic. All lanes of US Highway 1 were reopened two hours later.

The accident is being investigated by the N.C. Highway Patrol.  The victim was identified as Shamyia Jennings, 24, of Sanford.

Responding to the accident were Southern Pines Fire & Rescue, Cypress Pointe Fire & Rescue, Moore County EMS, NC State Medical Examiner’s office, Southern Pines Police Department, Moore County Sheriff’s Department, and the N.C. Highway Patrol.

O’Donnell was jailed under a $410,000 bond and has a Oct. 23 court date.


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