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Grandmother faces charges in crash that killed 5-year-old

Posted September 14

Bernadette Trevernell Walker

— A Broadway woman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in a crash two weeks ago that killed her 5-year-old granddaughter.

Bernadette Trevernell Walker, 57, also was charged with two counts of negligent child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with the Aug. 30 crash.

Walker's 2001 Mitsubishi Galant was southbound on Mount Pisgah Church Road near McArthur Road when she lost control and traveled off the right side of the road, authorities said. The car struck a ditch, overturned and hit a utility pole, they said.

Kamariya Long, killed in Harnett crash

Kamariya Long, of Broadway, died at the scene. Her 4-year-old sister, Treasure Long, was seriously injured, while Walker and 12-year-old Tommy Long Jr. suffered minor injuries.

The State Highway Patrol hasn't disclosed details of the cause of the crash, but troopers said no one in the car was wearing a seat belt.


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  • Jerry Sawyer Sep 15, 6:58 p.m.
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    "Serious bodily injury" She killed the little girl. She played Russian roulette with her granddaughter and lost. What a $&@%€£

  • Eric Browning Sep 14, 4:49 p.m.
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    You can tell by her face in her picture that she's upset, heart broken. I can see the negligence charges for seat belts but manslaughter? Really? That's a stretch. The deaths she caused are punishment enough.. :(

  • Crystal Hinson Sep 14, 4:48 p.m.
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    The child died, that is where that charge comes in!

  • Linda Tally Sep 14, 4:16 p.m.
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    The two counts of negligent child abuse are probably the results of the seat belt violations, but involuntary manslaughter? Where does that one come in? I think there's something still unaccounted for in this case.

  • Rod Runner Sep 14, 3:28 p.m.
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    They just started putting seat belts on NC school buses this year.

    Overall, bus riding is safer, because the bus is bigger and can take a hit from a car without as much affect as a car taking a hit. Seat belts will make it even more safe.

  • Ileana Bryan Sep 14, 2:46 p.m.
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    How unfortunate and sad. And just a reminder...school buses have no seat belts and our children ride on them every day; every year. What can we do about that? Are we just as crazy for putting them on the buses?

  • Clarence Drumgoole Sep 14, 1:21 p.m.
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    Seat Belts? Just the other day, I saw a child sitting on a lady lap in a vehicle on the passenger side. Folk just don't think. Another thing, folk riding with their legs propped up in the dash, that air bag come out?

  • Rod Runner Sep 14, 12:07 p.m.
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    How do you not get your kids to wear their seatbelts? And in this case, 2 of them should have been in booster seats. Even if you can't afford that, at least get them to buckle up.

    I was once behind a car and noticed that the people in the car were passing a baby/toddler between the front and back seat several times.

  • John Smith Sep 14, 11:40 a.m.
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    Agreed. You can see the pain and remorse just in the photo. Unfortunately, there are seat belt laws in this state and the charge is a result of her not insuring the law was followed.

  • Crystal Czeck Sep 14, 11:26 a.m.
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    That lady has to live with the fact that her granddaughter is dead. I think that's punishment enough. That poor little girl :(