Family of crash victim remembers him as a teacher

Mar. 25, 2013 @ 06:16 PM

A Henderson man died Friday afternoon of injuries he sustained in a morning vehicle crash on Vicksboro Road.

The head-on collision near Aycock Road sent Leroy Crosson, 51, to Duke University Medical Center with broken bones and internal bleeding, according to Kim Crosson, his younger brother.

“The accident broke every bone in his body, and he had internal bleeding,” Kim Crosson said.

According to Trooper Bradley Edwards of the N.C. Highway Patrol, Crosson’s 2003 Ford F-150 truck was going east on Vicksboro Road, veered left into oncoming traffic, striking a west-bound 2000 GMC sport utility vehicle driven by Philip Watkins, 21, of Kittrell.

Crosson was taken by a Life Flight air ambulance helicopter to Duke.

Rescue crews had to use cutting tools to remove Crosson from the vehicle.

Family members said Crosson was a minister reaching out in love and teaching others about the life of his Lord Jesus Christ.

His daughter, Jessica Crosson, said she knew of one main thing people should understand, “that he was a loving man,” she said.

“He had an outreach to men to teach them about the life of the Lord,” Kim Crosson said.

They said that he came from a large family, many brothers and sisters, and leaves behind his son, Gortez Dunston, and wife, fellow minister Carrie Crosson.

Crosson was an elder ministering at Got Truth International Church of Eagles on Catherine Weldon Lane along with his wife.

Carrie Crosson said she lost her partner in ministry.

“I had a good husband,” she said. “He was a good man, a well spiritual man. He was one of the men that God truly used.”

According to Edwards, Watkins was able to get out of his vehicle before a fire erupted that firefighters quickly put out. Watkins was responsive at the scene, and he also was transported to Duke with less severe injuries.

Edwards said there were no other passengers in either vehicle, and both men wore seat belts.

“Airbags deployed in both vehicles,” he said, adding that there were no excessive speed or alcohol use factors in the crash.

 

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.