Joshua Lee Elmore, 21, of 4337 Nancy’s Place in Granite Falls, was charged with careless and reckless driving and driving left of center after witnesses told a trooper he was racing a white SUV on Wilson Road when he lost control of his truck, hit a fire hydrant and mailbox, hit a culvert, went airborne and rolled over, landing near Litty Lane, said Trooper C. Hallyburton with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Skid marks were left on the 603 feet from the start of the crash to where his truck landed, putting a conservative estimate of his speed at the time of the crash at 105 mph, Hallyburton said.

No one was injured in the wreck, Hallyburton said.

“Speed is a major factor in most collisions,” Hallyburton said. “Mr. Elmore had poor judgment and a complete lack of [respect] for other drivers and people living along the roadway.”

Hallyburton said Elmore told him he was going about 55 mph at the time of the crash, and that a dog ran out in the road in front of him. At that speed, it should have taken 130 feet to stop with good conditions and equipment, Hallyburton said.

That’s something all drivers should consider when following other cars, Hallyburton said. At 65 mph, it takes a vehicle about 180 feet to stop with good conditions and equipment, he said.

Icard Township Fire and Rescue, Burke County EMS and Burke REACT responded, along with NCSHP.

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