If you drive southwest of Raleigh for about 140 miles, you will come to Concord, North Carolina. The city of about 80,00 residents was the recent site of a fatal motor vehicle crash that has left the community reeling.
The collision was on a state highway near one of the city’s high schools, news reports stated. A vehicle driven by a 42-year-old Concord woman crossed the highway’s center line and slammed head-on into a vehicle driven by a 63-year-old pastor. The woman died of her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the violent collision.
Her 10-year-old son was a passenger in her car. He was hospitalized with unspecified injuries but is expected to recover fully, a law enforcement official told a news source.
The pastor and his 59-year-old wife, a passenger in his car, were both hospitalized with injuries described by a close relative as serious, including broken bones and internal bleeding. The injuries will require several surgeries, the relative said.
The pastor’s injuries are believed to be less severe than his wife’s; she is expected to be hospitalized for two months or more with multiple surgeries and rehabilitation.
The relative added that the Hillcrest Baptist Church pastor and his wife “got to see each other for the first time since the accident and talk to each other, and they just cried their eyes out.”
The woman killed in the crash was a nurse at a private faith-based prep school, where the staff is also trying to cope with its loss.
“She just was one of our finest,” said the head of the school.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motor vehicle crash caused by another driver, contact a Raleigh attorney experienced in personal injury litigation about the next steps you should take.