Oak Island man dies in wreck on N.C. 211 in Brunswick (UPDATED)

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A fatal wreck was reported Saturday morning on N.C. 211 in Brunswick County, which was the third fatality in two weeks on the two-lane state highway in central Brunswick County.

According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and state troopers responded to the single-vehicle wreck at about 10 a.m. Saturday near the RiverSea subdivision off N.C. 211.

The driver, Kenneth Paul Minnillo, 31, of Oak Island, reportedly crossed the center line and struck a concrete utility pole, according to N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper J.S. Ransom. Minnillo died in the wreck. Two children–ages 9 and 3–were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries, Ransom said.  The children’s conditions were not immediately available.

Speed did not appear to be a factor in the wreck, Ransom said.

On May 11, 57-year-old Joanne Van Der Kuijl was killed in a head-on collision as she drove to Brunswick Community College, where she worked as the director of the Brunswick Interagency Program, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

A 60-year-old Ohio woman died in a head-on collision with a dump truck on the same road on May 4.

“Folks, we have got to slow it down and avoid distractions while driving,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said in a post on his Facebook page. “No late arrival time or text message or anything else is worth losing your life or endangering the life of someone else.”

Ingram said the sheriff’s office would deploy deputies with the Special Operations Unit to patrol N.C. 211 from its intersection with U.S. 17 in Supply to Long Beach Road in Oak Island. Road signs will be positioned at both ends of the road to warn drivers about the speed limit, and that “aggressive driving will be strictly enforced,” Ingram said.

“We are committed to do what needs to be done in order to save lives on our roadways,” Ingram said. “Please understand, these actions are not to see how many tickets we can write. We will take every measure possible to ensure that no more lives are lost on this stretch of road.

“Please be safe. Slow it down. Pay attention. Losing a loved one in a tragic car accident is heartbreaking. Let’s work together to make sure our roads are safe.”