NC troopers: Child dies after SUVs run off road and hit trees
A firefighter’s 6-year-old daughter died after a North Carolina driver rammed her SUV, officials said.
The Greensboro firefighter was among six people injured in the Randolph County crash on Sunday, July 10, according to the NC Highway Patrol.
State troopers learned on July 13 that the seventh person injured in the wreckage had died. She was identified in a press release as the 6-year-old child of firefighter Sherone Lee Shoffner.
Officials said Shoffner was driving south on Interstate 85 when a Chevrolet Traverse rammed his SUV from behind. The accident reportedly sent the two vehicles off the road, where they struck several trees.
Shoffner and three of his passengers – including the 6-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy – all suffered life-threatening injuries. They were taken to Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, the soldiers said.
The Traverse driver and two of her passengers, including a 9-year-old child, were also taken to hospital with serious injuries, according to highway patrol.
The crash was reported around 5:50 a.m. and cut off part of I-85 for about two hours. The closure was near Finch Farm Road and the town of Trinity, about 20 miles southwest of Greensboro.
It was at least the second recent fatal accident that officials said involved a Greensboro firefighter. On July 9, Rick Murrell and two others were killed when a 16-year-old driver lost control on a Guilford County highway, McClatchy News reported.
In the most recent wreckage, state troopers say charges are pending against the driver of the Traverse.
“Speed is believed to be a contributing factor to the accident; however, this is an ongoing investigation,” officials wrote in their statement.