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William Sinclair and Ortiz Mundo were killed in a multi-vehicle truck accident

Johnston County – A devastating crash occurred on Interstate 95, just north of Benson near the 84-mile marker. The incident involved multiple vehicles and resulted in the loss of two lives and multiple injuries.

Charles Robinson Nichols Jr., 23, from Four Oaks, was operating a 2012 Freightliner box truck heading northbound. According to a witness, a front tire on the truck blew out, causing Nichols to lose control. The truck veered into the median, crashed through the cable guardrail, and entered the southbound lanes. Tragically, it collided head-on with a 2002 Toyota pickup driven by William Raymond Sinclair, 73, from Jamestown, NC.

The impact of the collision forced the Toyota to travel backward for approximately 38 feet before coming to rest on the shoulder. The box truck eventually stopped in a grassy area off the highway. William Raymond Sinclair and his passenger, Francisco Javier Ortiz Mundo, 29, from Greensboro, NC, lost their lives at the scene. There were no other occupants in the Toyota pickup.

The trailer towed by the Toyota detached in the crash and was immediately struck by a 2020 Honda SUV driven by Jason Reid Williams, 44, from Angier, NC. The Honda came to a stop in the median. Although Williams was evaluated by EMS at the scene, he declined transportation to the hospital.

Nichols, the driver of the box truck, and his passenger, Dallas Bright, 38, from Kernersville, NC, sustained serious injuries and were transported to Wake Med in Raleigh for medical treatment. According to the accident report, all occupants in the three vehicles were wearing seat belts.

The manufacturer of the tire may be responsible for the harm caused in this crash

My sincere condolences go out to the victims and their families affected by yet another heartbreaking accident resulting from a sudden tire failure. It is truly disheartening to witness the loss of multiple lives and the injuries sustained in such incidents. Unfortunately, tire failure accidents are more prevalent than commonly acknowledged, and it is important to recognize that they can occur due to factors beyond the driver’s control.

Our firm is currently handling many similar accidents across the nation. This case is eerily similar to a case we are currently handling where a 2020 Isuzu delivery truck’s front-left steer axle tire failed, causing the driver to lose control and crash head-on into our client’s Dodge Nitro.

In another case, a family was traveling on an Arizona highway when a truck’s front steer axle tire failed. The truck driver went through the dirt median into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into our client’s vehicle, resulting in catastrophic injuries to the five occupants and to the driver of the truck.

We are currently managing another tragic incident in Florida involving our client. Sadly, her husband lost his life while commuting to work when the front-right tire of his vehicle unexpectedly blew out. The sudden tire failure caused him to lose control of the vehicle, resulting in it overturning. The victim was trapped in the cab of the truck, leading to his untimely death. This devastating event has left his wife widowed, grappling with profound grief and loss.

These accidents highlight the urgent need for support and answers for the affected families. Our clients, who have experienced similar situations themselves, have found solace and assistance through connecting with others who have gone through similar tragedies. They are available to extend their support to those affected by this accident.

To ensure that the families who have lost loved ones and the injured victims are not left without recourse, a thorough investigation of this accident is imperative. It is essential to determine if there was any defect in the tire or if a third party negligently repaired or replaced it. If such wrongdoing is found, it is crucial that those impacted by this incident are given the opportunity to hold the tire manufacturer accountable. They deserve the chance to obtain the necessary compensation to move forward without the burden of financial worries and to find the answers they seek.

Tire failure accidents have been on the rise nationwide, and it is essential to hold the manufacturers accountable to prevent further loss of innocent lives. The safety and well-being of individuals must be prioritized, and steps must be taken to address any issues related to tire manufacturing and maintenance.

I offer my deepest condolences to all involved during this difficult time of grief.


The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.

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