Father and Daughter Tragically Killed in Columbus County Crash
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC – According to an online news report at abc11.com, a father and his two year old daughter were tragically killed in a crash while the family was headed to celebrate the girl’s birthday at the beach.*
Per the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the thirty six year old wife and mother ran a stop sign at the bottom of a ramp from United States Highway 74 to United States Highway 410. The family’s Ford Focus then came into the path of a tanker truck.
Good Samaritans came upon the scene and helped free the woman and the child from the Ford Focus, which upon impact, burst into flames. "I didn't think about the fire, the car. All I was trying to do was save someone's life," one Good Samaritan reported.
He further notes that "I immediately grabbed her under her arms and did like a little crawl and brought her back to the edge of the grass," he said.
When the woman was pulled out and regained consciousness, she screamed for her child. That is when witnesses to the accident came upon the burning vehicle and pulled the toddler out. When they pulled the child out, they soon learned that the child’s father was still inside the vehicle.
The Good Samaritan noted that it was too late for bystanders to pull the man out. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The child was taken by a medical helicopter to an area hospital but later died due to the extent of her injuries. The driver of the tanker truck was not injured in the crash.
According to the family’s GoFundMe page, the father was a software professional in Raleigh, North Carolina. “[The man] was thorough gentleman with calm and quiet nature," the fundraiser says. "He lived simple live and could go to any extent to help his friends, family and the needy."
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