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Crash kills Hope Mills woman, 21

Posted March 25, 2009

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— Over-steering was to blame for a crash on Interstate 40 near Wade Avenue early Wednesday that left a woman dead, according to Highway Patrol officials.

Sarah Marea Lang, 21, of Hope Mills, drove off the road to the left, lost control, overturned her SUV and was ejected around 12:55 a.m., according to Trooper Delcastilho.

Earlier Wednesday, authorities said they thought speed might have been a factor in the crash. However, they later determined that was not the case.


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  • weada1 Mar 30, 2009

    After reading some of these comments, I find it troubling that so much time has been spent on the trival things. Did we get the speed limit right? Did we get the name of the road right where the accident happened? Did we get the terminology right? It seems to me that some people have missed the truth in this story. That a precious life was lost. That hearts have been broken, lives have been shattered, and families are grieving. As a mother, I shudder at the thought of anyone having to lose a child of any age. She was someone very special and I for one will miss her all the days of my life. Take time to love those around you, take time to forgive those who have wronged you. And try to live your life with the least amount of regrets possible and God forbid that anyone should have to feel the emptiness that only loved ones feel when things this horrific happens to a family.

  • Minerva Mar 26, 2009

    Before you (Death Row, Monkey, CodeBlueEMT) jump to conclusions about whether or not alcohol, speed, or seatbelt usage were factors, maybe you should remember that this was someone's daughter, friend, etc. According to reports (not all on WRAL) neither speed, nor alcohol, were factors. And as far as the seatbelt, you can't automatically assume it wasn't worn - you can still be ejected from a vehicle even when wearing a seatbelt. Please remember before you start jumping to conclusions about something and offering your um, "expert" opinions that this could have been your daughter or family member.

  • cucamelsmd15 Mar 25, 2009

    *le sigh*

    Someone at WRAL needs to brush up on their terminology. Oversteer is a condition caused when the rear tires of a car have less grip than the front tires through manipulation of alignment, spring rate, camber and slip angle.

    The proper term is over-correction, not oversteer.

  • jkca Mar 25, 2009

    Just my thoughts, but based on the looks of that vehicle post crash, she probably wouldn't have survived that crash whether she was ejected or not.

  • Mar 25, 2009

    Unfortunately, not wearing a seatbelt is the reason for this fatality. Being ejected from a vehicle is never a good outcome.

  • NorthHillsRaleigh Mar 25, 2009

    Very sad.


  • rand321 Mar 25, 2009

    I hate this interchange. The DOT says they have more signs than normal, but it is hard to still judge and make changes when heading east up over the Harrison Hill.

    Better lighting at night (like at the 40 and 540) would help. its very dark with the narrowing lanes and lots of trees.

  • uncommonsense Mar 25, 2009

    DeathRow, the beltline is 60 and 55. But that is I-440 and the article says I-40 is where the wreck occurred and the speed limit there is 65.

  • camanderikfan Mar 25, 2009

    Why do people always have to assume the worst? "Quote: you see people going 80 all the time on that stretch of highway and not crashing"...give me a break...It only takes one wrong move to cause a crash. You pretty much have to go with the flow off traffic if you don't want to get mauled over on 40, but I'm sure at this time of the morning it probably wasn't that busy. She could have reached for a cellphone or been sleepy.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Mar 25, 2009

    Sorry folks, but the speed limit on the Upper Beltline is 60Mph. It switches back to 55Mph as you pass Wade Avenue heading toward Cary. And I agree, at 12:55am, very possible she was slightly incoherant.