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Five injured in Johnston County wreck

Posted February 18, 2010

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— Three adults and two children were injured Thursday morning in a wreck in Johnston County, according to the state Highway Patrol.

A 1995 Ford van was eastbound on Lake Wendell Road shortly after 8 a.m. when one of the tires blew out, Trooper J.L. Thorpe said. The van went off the right side of the road, hit a ditch and overturned, he said.

Four adults and four children were in the van, and three adults, a 12-year-old boy and and an 8-year-old girl were taken to WakeMed for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Thorpe said.

Monique Atkinson, 28, of 130-B Halton Lane in Selma, was charged with driving with a revoked license, having unsafe tires, a child restraint violations and two counts each of felony child abuse and misdemeanor child abuse. She was being held Thursday in the Johnston County jail under a $55,000 bond.

Atkinson was the mother of all four children, none of whom was properly restrained in the van, Thorpe said.

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  • wakeconative4ever Feb 18, 2010

    People, take the time to properly restrain your kids. She was blessed that they are ok.

  • jrfergerson Feb 18, 2010

    not poor parenting but LACK OF BEING A RESPONSIBLE PARENT IS MORE THE CASE HERE. The economy is no excuse for putting ones children in a dangerous situation.

  • taintguy Feb 18, 2010

    $20 says four kids by four different dads.

  • runinlat Feb 18, 2010

    Let's not bring the poor economy into this one! As a mother, I always ensure the safety of my girls and of course, myself...car restraints and yes, safe tires!!! That was just poor laziness and lack of good parenting.

  • mulecitybabe Feb 18, 2010

    I don't know this woman or her circumstances, but until I hear differently I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. The economy is in the toilet and new tires cost more money than a lot of people have right now. I have no idea why she was driving without a license, but I'm glad all of them and especially the kids will be ok.

  • kbo80 Feb 18, 2010

    What a terrible thing. She is an unfit mother of four. That is so sad. I make sure that any child that gets in my vehicle is properly buckled. If this was more serious, it would eat her up for the rest of her life.