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Nine People Injured In Three
Nine persons were injured in
three accidents that occurred Sat
urday on Brunswick County road
ways, according to the N.C. High
way Patrol office in Wilmington.
Larry Keith Bowen, 18, of
Supply, was charged in a accident
that occurred Saturday at 11:35 p.m.
on N.C. 179 just north of Ocean Isle
Jerry Roy Vcmon Jr., 28, of Shal
lottc, was driving west on N.C. 179
in a 1983 Buick when Bowen, dri
ving cast in a 1985 Ford at "a high
rate of speed," crossed the center
line and sideswiped Vernon's vehi
According to Trooper J.H. Kerr's
report. Vernon's car traveled off the
right side of the road, while
Bowcn's vehicle overturned on its
top in the eastbound lane of N.C.
Bowen was charged with driving
left of center and driving while im
He received serious, non-incapac
itating injuries. Two other occupants
of the vehicle fled the scene.
Vcmon and a passenger in his car,
Wendy Vernon, 24, also of Shallotte,
also received serious, non-incapaci
tating injuries. Three other passen
gers in his vehicle were not injured.
All three of the injured were
transported to The Brunswick Hosp
Andre James McMillan, 53, of
Wilmington, was charged with a
yield violation in an accident that
occurred Saturday at 11:15 p.m. on
U.S. 17 approximately eight miles
north of Bolivia.
McMillan was southbound on
U.S. 17 and Deborah Hewctt, 33, of
Supply was northbound on U.S. 17.
McMillan attempted to turn left onto
Sloan Road (S.R. 1552), failing to
yield the right of way to Hewett,
causing the impact, according to the
report filed by Trooper T.W. Caldcr.
McMillan and Hewett com
plained of injuries, as did one pas
senger in Hewett's car, Cora
Morgan, 54, of Supply. Another of
her passengers, Delilah Greene, 83,
of Supply, was seriously injured.
Damage to McMillan's 1988
Chevrolet was estimated at $4,000,
and to Hewett's 1990 Oldsmobilc,
No charges were fiicd in a two
car accident that happened at 11:10
a.m. on N.C. 133 in Bclvillc.
According to the report filed by
Trooper B.C. Jones, the drivers in
volved were Hugh Williams Run
yan, 70, of Hampstead, who was dri
ving a 1993 Pontiae, and Zada
Harvcll, 53, of Winnabow, driving a
Runyan was southbound on N.C.
133, approaching the intersection of
Blackwell Road (S R. 1551). Har
vcll was traveling east on and
stopped at the intersection. Then she
started to cross N.C. 133, failing to
yield the right of way to Runyan.
Runyan's Pontiae struck Harvell's
vehicle, which spun around and
stopped facing the direction in
which it came. Runyan's vehicle
stopped on the right side of the road,
Runyan was not injured, but pas
senger in his car, Vernell Thompson,
68, of Hampstead, complained of in
juries. Harvcll had complaints as
well. Both were transported to New
Hanover Regional Medical Center
Damage was estimated at $4,000
to the Pontiac and 52,000 to the
last Wednesday, both driven:
were charged in a rear-end collision
that occurred two-tenths of a mile
north of Shallottc on North Main
Street (U.S. 17 Business).
Cheryl Bordeaux, 42, of Shallotte,
stopped her northbound 1989 Buick
for a vehicle that was turning.
Sandra Long Hall, 33, also of
Shallottc, was also traveling north
and failed to reduce speed, accord
ing to the report filed by Trooper
J.H. Kerr. Her 1987 Ford struck
Bordeaux's vehicle in the rear.
Damage was an estimated $2,000
to Bordeaux's 1989 Buick and
S3.500 to Hall's 1987 Ford.
Hall was transported to the hospi
tal by private vehicle with com
plaints of injury.
Kerr charged Hall with failure to
reduce speed and having no seat belt
and Bordeaux with having an ex
pired driver's license.
Rep. Redwine Sponsors
Health Care Reform Bill
State Rep. H. David Rcdwinc (D
Brunswick) says a health care re
form bill he introduced April 7
would improve upon North Caro
lina's current health care system
rather than scrapping it.
House Bill 821, he said, is de
signed to provide health coverage
for uninsured individuals and to en
hance the affordability of health care
for all state residents by providing
for managed competition.
The measure has won the support
of a coalition of more than 600 busi
nesses and associations which is ad
vocating steps to address health care
issues of the uninsured and of cost
As proposed, residents who arc
uninsured, underinsured or employ
ees of small businesses could pur
chase health care through regional
Health Plan Purchasing Coope
ratives (called HPPCs), which
would be administered by a 10
mcmbcr statewide commission. The
plan would provide comprehensive
benefits to all eligible individuals re
gardless of health status without un
derwriting or waiting periods, he
Under a portability requirement
for all health insurance health main
tenance organization (HMO) plans,
new "pre-existing condition" peri
ods would be eliminated when ar.
insured individual changes jobs.
Provisions of the 1992 Small
Employer Group Health Coverage
Reform Act would be extended to
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ployees. Previously it covered em
ployes of three to 25 persons.
According to a bill summary, the
proposed plan will be made af
forablc by encouraging competition
among private health plans on the
basis of pricc and quality, by reduc
ing administrative costs, by provid
ing incentives for providers to par
ticipate in managed care systems
and by ensuring appropriate growth
in mcdical technology and putting
into place other cost control mea
sures to be studied by the state com
The state commission would in
clude representation of consumers,
employers, insurers and providers. It
would also be charged with address
ing specific issues relating to med
ical costs control and increased
health service delivery. Among
these is development of a cost-effec
tive program for prevention and ear
ly detection of illness to be made
universally available and provided
by county health departments with
state financial support
The commission would also be
charged with making recommenda
tions to the legislature regarding op
tions for providing financial assis
tance to persons whose incomes are
less than 200 percent of the poverty
level to enable them to afford the
cost of purchasing health carc
through the plan.
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