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According to an article in the Virginian Pilot, 16 year-old Thomas Reid Smith DeBlieu of Manteo, North Carolina (NC) was killed when the vehicle he was a passenger in was struck by an oncoming Jeep. The crash happened at U.S. 158 and Danube in Nags Head. The 1999 Jeep was headed south on U.S. 158 when it struck the Ford on the passenger side. “Deblieu died from his injuries later at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital,” said Lt. Kevin Brinkley of the Nags Head Police.

The drivers of the Ford and Jeep were treated and released from the hospital. “Neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the collision,” said Brinkley. The investigation continues.

Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia, with offices in northeast NC and Virginia Beach (VA), practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. The firm’s website is:, the firm edits three injury law blogs: Virginia Beach Injuryboard & Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard and also hosts a video library covering many FAQ’s on personal injury subjects.

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