Alcohol suspected in Vance wreck that killed toddler
Posted July 21, 2012
Updated July 22, 2012
Henderson, N.C. — Alcohol played a role in a head-on crash in Vance County Friday night that killed an 18-month-old girl, state troopers said.
Troopers said that a 2007 Dodge Charger driven by Ira Evans crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 1 in Middleburg around 10:30 p.m. and struck an oncoming 1995 Mercedes Benz carrying Derrick Burchette and his daughter, Jaleah Griffin, who was in a car seat. Both vehicles ran off the road, and the Mercedes overturned, trapping the toddler.
Jaleah died of her injuries at the hospital. Burchette, of Warrent, was treated for serious injuries at Duke Hospital and was released Sunday.
Evans, of Henderson, also underwent surgery at Duke Hospital, but an update on his condition was not available.
Troopers said they planned to charge Evans, who they believe was drinking, once the investigation is complete.