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Mother, daughter killed in Holly Springs wreck

Posted January 18, 2010

— A mother and daughter died in a two-vehicle wreck on N.C. Highway 55 in Holly Springs Sunday evening, state troopers said.

Troopers said that Elly Moller, 30, of Raleigh, was driving a Honda Civic north on N.C. 55, near Sunset Lake Road, when it ran off the right side of the road shortly after 7 p.m. Elly Moller overcorrected, and the Honda crossed the center line and T-boned an oncoming Jeep Cherokee, troopers said.

A passenger in the Honda, Carmen Moller, 52, of Apex, died at the scene, and Elly Moller died at the hospital.

The Jeep driver, Jamie Fernandez, 41, was taken to WakeMed, but troopers said he will be OK.

Troopers said they do not know what caused Elly Moller to run off the road, but speed and weather were not factors in the wreck.


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  • keeleywright Jan 18, 2010

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends that lost two loved ones. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • ibendsteel Jan 18, 2010

    That section of road has a very small shoulder, and deep ruts that fill up with water and hard to see. The lines are hard to see as well. The town needs to fix that area ASAP!
    I was behind a car two years ago who did the same thing and she was lucky that no one was coming the other direction at 6:30am.

  • Godschild43 Jan 18, 2010

    Prayers being lifted up for family and friends.So sad.

  • FromClayton Jan 18, 2010

    oh so sad for the family.

    I learned this one several years ago. I dropped one wheel off (dont even know why, guess my mind drifted) and overcorrected and went flying into the other lane out of controll. Luckly there was no one coming, but it has always stuck in my mind. Just ride on the sholder until you slow down enough to get back on. Worst case situation it will mess up your aligment, but that is wayyyyy better than dead.

    Be careful out there. Not only are other drivers scary, but with such powerful vehicals these days we have the ability to get into a wreck all by ourselves.

  • frosty Jan 18, 2010

    You can pull back on the road without slowing down but it best needs to be done rather slowly. (degree of steering not speed of vehicle) Mainly remain calm and don't panic to retain control of the vehicle.

    Also the news report said that the car t-boned the jeep. Since there were no pictures it is hard to tell. But if the car t-boned the jeep it would more likely been the jeep driver killed. But more likely the car went front of the jeep and it hit the car on the side (t-bone) That would have meant higher impact speed on the more vulnerable side of the car.

    Possibly once again speed of reporting over accuracy.

  • Granny Jan 18, 2010

    So sad. Praying for the families.

  • Adelinthe Jan 18, 2010

    Praying for their loved ones.

    God bless.


  • Nancy Jan 18, 2010

    fishon, you're correct. Just like when one skids (snow, ice conditions), turning in the direction of the skid, light touch on the wheel and FEET OFF THE BRAKE AND GAS, you can slow down enough to correct direction.

  • fishon Jan 18, 2010

    Unfortunate for all concerned but this is preventable.

    It is not uncommon for people to drop onto the shoulder then overcorrect. During a training course we had to purposely drop passenger side wheel onto the shoulder then slowly try to bring the vehicle back on the road while maintaining speed. It is impossible to get back on the road without going into the other lane. The correct course of action is to slow way down or stop and then pull back onto the roadway.