Well-known Newport News doctor dies in car crash

Well-known Newport News doctor dies in car crash

Well-known Newport News doctor dies in car crash

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by Emily Rau

WVEC.com

Posted on June 26, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 26 at 8:30 PM

NEWPORT NEWS --Long time doctor and philanthropist, Dr. Sarah Forbes, died Friday after her Humvee crashed on a highway in eastern North Carolina. 

The 85 year-old physician and animal lover was a frequent visitor and landowner in the Outer Banks.

The car accident happened Friday afternoon around 4:45 p.m., on Rt. 158 in Coinjock, North Carolina. She was traveling south, toward the Outer Banks when she rear-ended a tractor with a spreader attached to it.

The tractor was traveling in the same direction as Forbes in the center lane. After hitting it, Forbes veered into the northbound lanes and went off the road, hitting a utility pole.

Dr. Forbes was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol and speed were not factors, according to to a trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Forbes was seen weaving in traffic before the accident, but there did not seem to be any signs of a medical condition.

Dr. Forbes'  four dogs were also in the vehicle, an H2 Hummer. The driver of the tractor was not hurt.

Dr. Forbes was the first female physician to start a private OB/GYN practice in the Newport News area. She owned the Lighthouse Point restaurant in Nags Head.

 According to the biography on her personal website, drsarahforbes.com, she was, "an ardent supporter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula."

She was also involved with several other medical societies and philanthropic organizations on the Virginia peninsula and in the Outer Banks.

Dr. Forbes is described as one who, "personifies the wise investor, devoted physician of patient care and family life, developer to enrich community, spiritual benefactor, youth role model and laborer for animals who have no voice," according to the website biography.

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