COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Two children died Saturday night in a car crash at the intersection of N.C. 131 and Silverspoon Rd.
A 2001 Isuzu SUV traveling south on Silverspoon Rd. ran a stop sign and crashed into a 2011 Honda Accord traveling west on N.C. 131. Both cars went off the road.
The two children in the SUV were ejected. No safety devices were used.
Driver of the Isuzu SUV, Jesus Mondragon of Whiteville, 34, was traveling with three juveniles. The driver and one passenger, believed to be a family member, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The other two passengers, children of the driver, were killed on the scene.
Driver of the Honda Accord, Hannah Worley of Whiteville, 21, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Monday, we talked with family members of Worley, she suffered neck fractures, broken ribs, and a punctured lung.
They tell us, she was leaving her parent's house and was on the phone with her grandmother when the crash happened.
According to loved ones, Worley is expected to make a full recovery.
"It puts everything back into perspective. Everyday you take things for granted, but we are very lucky. When we came out of the ER Saturday night, the whole lobby was full of people from church, school, friends. It was very comforting knowing everybody was here, all the prayers were going up." Said Tiffany Worley, sister of Hannah Worley.
"Alcohol was not a factor, but the driver will face traffic violations with more charges expected pending a full investigation," said Sgt. S.J. Greene with State Highway Patrol.
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