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Mom, two kids injured in Johnston wreck

Posted September 26, 2008

— A mother and two young children were injured when another driver ran a stop sign and hit their car Friday afternoon, state troopers said.

Miguel Hernandez-Gonzales was trying to turn left from Elevation Road onto Benson Hardee Road around 3:15 p.m. Troopers said Hernandez-Gonzales ran through a stop sign and pulled in front of a car going north on Benson Hardee.

Amanda Godwin, 27, of Benson, who was driving the car that was hit, was taken to Johnston Memorial Hospital, along with her 4-year-old son and 19-month-old daughter. Troopers believed their injuries were non-life-threatening.

Hernandez-Gonzales suffered the most serious injuries, troopers said. He was in the trauma unit at WakeMed in Raleigh, but troopers thought he would survive.

A man who was a passenger in Hernandez-Gonzales' car received minor cuts. He was taken to WakeMed as a precaution.

Troopers charged Hernandez-Gonzales with failure to yield and driving without an operator's license.

Alcohol and speeding were not factors in the wreck, troopers said.


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  • ImFindingMyself Sep 26, 2008

    We heard the sirens from 50-210 going by our house. We knew it must be bad when we heard several more sets within minutes. This is so frustrating and could have been catastrophic. I drive that road every single day.

    Granted we dont know whether this person was here legally or not, but he is unlicensed. Fine example of Sheriff Bizzell's frustrations. I typically do not comment on "touchy" stories, but I support my Sheriff and the job he does here as do most of the residents of this county. I think that it is awesome that he is advising us to respect the rights of others to protest. Now what does that say about him????

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Sep 26, 2008

    OK, so we'll have to guess....

  • whyalltheproblems Sep 26, 2008

    So sad...sounds like the mom and kids are gonna be ok.

    Have to say I'm not surprised the driver didn't have a drivers license.