Mom, three adult children hurt in car-truck wreck
Posted January 16, 2009
Sanford, N.C. — A wreck involving a tractor-trailer and SUV injured a mother and her three adult children along U.S. Highway 1, south of Sanford, Thursday night.
The family was riding in a southbound Infiniti SUV that hit the rear of a tractor-trailer, which had just pulled out of a parking lot, around 10:30 p.m., troopers said. The wreck occurred about 3.5 miles south of Sanford.
A backseat passenger, Eduarda Pleitez-de Bonilla, 49, of Sanford, was partially ejected through the windshield.
She suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Hospital officials could not provide her condition Friday morning.
The three other occupants of the SUV – Carmen Bonilla, 27, of Sanford; Maria Pleitez, 24, of Raleigh; and Alexander Bonilla, 17, of Sanford – were treated at Carolina Central Hospital and released.
The tractor-trailer driver, Aaron Tarlton, 42, of Marshville, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Troopers charged Carmen Bonilla, who was driving the SUV, with failure to reduce speed. She told troopers that she had looked away from the road and didn't see the tractor-trailer pull out.
Pleitez-de Bonilla was not wearing a seat belt, troopers said. Her three children were using their seat belts.