Deadly accident kills a 22-year-old in Rockingham County

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C.- Investigators are trying to figure out if racing was the cause behind a deadly accident that killed a 22-year-old.

It happened Wednesday afternoon off Highway 704 in Madison.

North Carolina State Highway Troopers say 22-year-old Kendall Washburn was driving a Toyota Camry with John Hibdon as his passenger.

Troopers believe Washburn was heading east on the highway when he lost control and crashed head-on with a pickup truck.

Washburn was rushed to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

Hibdon died at the scene.

“It was like my heart went to the pit of my stomach,” describes Charity Noud, John Hibdon’s mom.

She says the two young men were good friends.

Troopers say there was another car in front of Washburn’s car.

There are skid marks on Highway 704 near Mosley Loop Road that stretch for more than 300 feet.

Investigators say Washburn’s car and the other car were speeding in excessive of 85 miles per hour.

They’re trying to figure out if the two vehicles were racing each other.

“Both vehicles were going at a high rate of speed, racing or whatever else will be determined by the district attorney,” says Trooper Hamiliton, with the NC State Highway Patrol.

Troopers say racing is an issue throughout Rockingham County.

Noud had just spoken with her son earlier that day.

“The last words he said was mom, ‘I love you’ and gave me a hug and ‘I’ll be back in a little while'” says Noud. 

She says her son was working to get into the Air Force.

There were two people inside the pickup truck that Washburn crashed into.

Both were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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