Greene County, North Carolina — August 27, 2012
Three motorists, including an infant and an unborn child, died in a two-vehicle collision in adverse weather on U.S. Highway 258 Monday afternoon.
According to North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 19-year-old Macie Mooring was traveling northbound in her Chevrolet Trailblazer sport-utility vehicle around 2:10 p.m. when she lost control, hydroplaned into oncoming traffic, and was struck by the Ford pickup truck driven by Jerry Carraway.
Ms. Mooring’s 18-month-old daughter Kaleigh Cooper and her 20-year-old passenger Erica Jones died at the scene. Ms. Mooring’s unborn child died at the hospital.
Ms. Mooring was transported to Vidant Medical Center with multiple serious injuries. Ms. Jones’ children 2-week-old Makenna Jones and 16-month-old Kailey Jones sustained minor injuries.
Ms. Mooring is being charged with driving while intoxicated after authorities found prescription pills in her possession that were not prescribed to her.
The Road Weather Management Program states that wet pavement is a factor in 75% of weather related crashes and is a factor in 77% of weather-related crash fatalities.