DJ Johnny “Koolout” Starks is said to be in “fair condition” after being in a car wreck involving a tractor trailer, according to WCTI 12.

WCTI 12 is reporting:

Johnny “Koolout” Starks is listed in fair condition at Vidant Medical Center, according to a hospital official. Starks is a radio personality for 101.9 Kiss FM, a Hip Hop and R&B station based in New Bern.

Friends and co-workers at the radio station have identified Starks as being involved in the wreck Tuesday morning at the intersection of Washington Post Road and Spring Garden Road, northwest of New Bern.

According to the Highway Patrol, Starks ran a red light and crashed his Kiss FM van into a tractor-trailer that was making a left turn into Washington Post Road.

Charges are pending, said investigators. The driver of the tractor-trailer appeared to be okay.

We spoke with a coworker of Koolout’s, Jay Blaze, who hopes the local personality will have a speedy recovery. Blaze says he and others have visited Koolout at the hospital, and are keeping him in prayer.

“We’re just happy he’s okay. And we’re going to pray for him and hope he gets better soon,” said coworker Jay Blaze. “Koolout is a real good guy, hard worker, here on time everyday, works super hard, is dedicated to the community and real a upstanding good dude. Salute to everybody going out and showing love to him and you know everybody for their prayers.”

Koolout is also a member of the Tom Joyner Morning Show family. He is a vital team member during Tom Joyner’s annual Family Reunion and Fantastic Voyage events.

Get better soon!


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