Wintry snow storms have wreaked havoc all over the country this season and North Carolina has not been an exception.
This recent winter storm has claimed the life of a teenager in Hertford County. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory stated that a 19-year-old woman died in a traffic accident on NC 561.
The young teen has recently been identified as Mykayia Quintara Wilder of Ahoskie. She was traveling on her way home after getting off of work and was traveling east on NC 561 when the accident occurred.
The car crash occurred at 7:40 p.m. and when she lost control of the vehicle it slid into oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, a pick-up truck smashed into the drive’s side door of Wilder’s car. While the drive the pick-up truck, Brian Keith Matthews, was not injured, Wilder was fatally wounded.
Since Monday’s storm hit the region, highway patrol officers have investigated more than 1,000 accidents across the state.
The investigation into the accident has revealed that the accident was caused by ice roads according to Lieutenant Jeff Gordon of the NC Highway Patrol.
More than 1,800 employees of the North Carolina Department of Transportation have been working around the clock to distribute more than 1600 tons of salt.
Crews need access to the roads in order to make them passable, so drivers are being asked to stay off the roads unless absolutely vital.
This has been a particularly cold winter in North Carolina. Oftentimes, the snow melts after a day or two when the sunshine comes out. This year, because of the low temperatures, the snow is melting and re-freezing. This ends up creating dangerous and icy road conditions with the potential for black ice.
At least 12 counties in North Carolina have activated emergency shelters so that residents who do not have heat or adequate housing are not injured by the low temperatures.
We send our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Wilder family. We wish all of you safety as you navigate these roads and highways.
In the event that you or a loved one is involved in an accident, please contact our firm to discuss all of your options.