Update: Child dead, other driver charged in accident on Mumford Road

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – One child is dead after a Saturday accident in Greenville.

The investigating trooper said 9-year-old Ran’Davia Purvis of Greenville died at the hospital on Sunday. Her mother, 33-year-old Cherita Harris was injured, but survived.

The other driver, 67-year-old John Radford of Greenville, has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.


A 9-year-old child was in critical condition following a Saturday accident along Mumford Rd.

Two other people were also injured in the accident.

NC Highway Patrol said just before 1:30 pm, a Chevrolet pickup truck was driving eastbound on Mumford Road in Greenville. That’s when a car in front of the pickup truck slowed down and the driver of the pickup truck swerved and drove left of center to avoid the car. The pickup truck then collided head-on with a passenger car heading westbound on Mumford Road.

The driver of the passenger car was transported to Vidant Medical Center with minor injuries. A child in the passenger car was transported to Vidant Medical Center and was in critical condition as of Sunday morning. The driver of the pickup truck was treated on scene.

A portion of Mumford Road was shut down for nearly half an hour as NC Highway Patrol, Staton House Fire & Rescue, and Greenville Fire-Rescue cleared the scene.

Highway Patrol said charges were pending against the driver of the pickup truck. They said they won’t press charges until they know whether the child will survive.

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