Fayetteville man, infant son killed in auto collision
Posted May 18, 2012
Updated May 21, 2012
Hope Mills, N.C. — A Fayetteville man and his 17-month-old son were killed Thursday when the car they were in crossed over into oncoming traffic near Hope Mills.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol said Ronald Lewis McNeil Jr., 38, was driving around 12:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 301 when his Oldsmobile crossed the median and veered into the southbound lanes and crashed into an H2 Hummer.
McNeil was on his way home from Florence, S.C., where he had taken his wife to work, and was with his son, Khaliq McNeil, at the time. The infant was buckled in a car seat, but the seat was not fastened to the car itself, authorities said.
Investigators aren't sure what caused McNeil to cross into oncoming traffic but said alcohol was not a factor. His wife told troopers he did not have any medical conditions.
"It's heart-wrenching," Trooper Greg Steffans said. "It's frustrating when you can't get a final result of what caused the crash."
The driver of the Hummer, Mediha King, 36, of Fayetteville, suffered minor injuries, the Highway Patrol said.
A passenger in her vehicle, Helen Tull, 47, suffered from internal bleeding and a broken thigh bone. She underwent surgery Friday and is expected to survive.