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2 Dead, 2 Injured After SUV Overturns on I-95

Posted July 8, 2007
Updated July 10, 2007

Traffic Accident (generic)

— Two people died and two others were taken to the hospital Sunday night after a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 95.

A driver of a sport utility vehicle was traveling northbound between mile markers 126 and 127 about 8:15 p.m. when she ran off the road and overcorrected, causing the SUV to flip several times, authorities said.

Abigail Melendez, of Bronx, N.Y., and Tomas Garcia, of Connecticut, were killed in the wreck, authorities said. They were both passengers in the SUV, authorities said.

The driver, Maria Torres, and passenger Carmen Melendez, both of Bronx, N.Y., were taken to Pitt Memorial Hospital for treatment on non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

All northbound lanes of I-95 were closed for 20 minutes, and traffic was reduced to one lane for another hour, causing extensive delats, authorities said.

The accident remains under investigation, but no charges will be filed, authorities said.


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  • Jokers Wild Jul 10, 2007

    I am glad all of the SUV hater's can now turn to the front page and view the story about the Car that flipped over... I dont care if you drive a Sherman Tank, if you act stupid behind the wheel, you CAN flip it!

  • 68_polara Jul 9, 2007

    Sounds like someone has a complex.

    When I see a turn signal I must be one of the few remaining people in our state to actually slow down let some one in. But for those who like to take advantage and whip passed everyone until the last moment of a well marked ending lane, I'd like to introduce you to my friend the wall. If you want to drive like that, than Rubben's racing.

  • boingc Jul 9, 2007

    Plus, you can be sure she won't use her turn signal. Oh, and for you SUV drivers that don't know this--on the rare occasion you do decide to signal a lane change--use of your turn signal does not constitute permission to change lanes. You still need to look and make sure it's clear, not expect me to evade you because your vehicle is so much bigger than mine...

  • fyiarp Jul 9, 2007

    Wow, you all love your SUV's. Don't drive it like you're in NASCAR and you'll be fine. Except for that lady in the other lane in her SUV, on her cell phone, will probably run off the road, flip, and hit you in the process.

  • PikeMom Jul 9, 2007

    It doesn't matter what you are driving,they all can flip.People panic.

  • shine Jul 9, 2007

    nc1 state,
    SUV's do have a higher center of gravity than a (rice rocket) Honda, Toyota, etc. automobile. A tractor trailer has a higher center of gravity than a SUV. The majority of accidents that you see are the operator 98%.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Jul 9, 2007

    I remember being brand new in driver's ed when the instructor grabbed the wheel and put me on the shoulder. His instructions were very simple on how to get back on the road. It's amazing how many accidents occur this way.

  • gopanthers Jul 9, 2007

    Sopranos Justice - Your post was good. I personally witnessed that very thing about 3 years ago on 401 North. Some woman going in the opposite direction ran off the road hit the unpaved part and flipped 3 for 4 times into the field and she was driving some kind of Small Honda Sedan. So not only SUV's (which you do have to drive with special care) but other cars as well.

  • ghimmy47 Jul 9, 2007

    I'm amazed so many people have something to say already. The simple fact overlooked by everyone is we have the most minimum standards for a driver's license possible. If you can hold it between the lines for a few minutes and memorize the signs you're immediately allowed to take anything short of a semi anywhere at any speed. As said nobody observes the speed limit. What's worse I'm convinced traffic patrols are instructed to ignore certain areas at rush hour. If the driver survived the charge is "Making an unsafe movement." For too many ANY movement other than down the road between the lines is an unsafe movement.

  • Adelinthe Jul 9, 2007

    People just don't realize how dangerous SUVs are. Their center of gravity is often above the tire line, rather than right between the tires, leading to more roll overs than vehicles with centered or below center gravities. That's one reason why the military phased out the old jeeps and brought in the Hummers.

    Praying for the loved ones of the families affected in this crash.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB