Person killed in crash on I-73/Business 85 in Guilford County identified

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Highway Patrol has released the identity of the person killed in a crash Wednesday morning on the Interstate 73/Business 85 bridge.

Shortly before 11 a.m., Douglas Eddie Kilgore, 47, of Greensboro, was headed south in the northbound lanes on I-73 in a GMC Acadia, according to Master Trooper Brandon Baker.

Drivers on the road described how they had to dodge Kilgore.

“I don’t know how people weren’t hit,” Katie Edwards said. She was in the car with her 9-month-old baby boy. “Not just by that car, but by the other cars trying to swerve and not to hit it. Because we almost got hit by the other cars having to swerve.”

Kilgore went off the road to the right, went airborne and landed in the southbound lanes of I-85 Business. The SUV hit the concrete median, overturned onto the northbound lanes of I-85 Business and stopped on its top on the northbound shoulder of I-85 Business.

Kilgore was thrown from the vehicle and died.

“Just thinking about the sequence of events ... the SUV goes off the roadway to the right and becomes airborne ... I mean the vehicle’s damage is unbelievable,” Baker said.

Failure to wear a seat belt, speeding and driving the wrong direction significantly impacted this crash, Baker said.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

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