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3 Children Still Hospitalized After Saturday Accident

Posted October 16, 2005

— Three children remain in local hospitals Sunday after the vehicle they were riding in Saturday afternoon flipped several times when it swerved to avoid hitting a pick-up truck, authorities said.

Roosevelt and Mildred Davis, of Fayetteville, were driving home from the State Fair with their six children and a family friend when, according to an eyewitness, the truck pulled out in front of them at the Wake-Harnett county line on Highway 401 near Rawls Church Road, investigators said.

"The vehicle on Rawls Church Road was going to go straight across U.S. 401 and failed to stop for a stop sign," Trooper Bo Johnson, of the State Highway Patrol, said.

To avoid the truck, troopers said Roosevelt Davis swerved the sport utility vehicle he was driving, causing it to hit a light pole with such force and precision that the SUV flipped several times.

All of the children, between the ages of 4 and 13, were taken to local hospitals. Three of them -- Darnell Davis, 10; Chantel Davis, 13; and Darrel Davis, 9 -- as well as their parents, were treated and released Saturday. Auston Cammarano, 4, of Fayetteville, was released from UNC Hospitals Sunday.

As of Sunday afternoon, one of the children, 7-year-old Alexander Davis, was downgraded from fair condition to serious condition at UNC Hospitals. Two other children who were inside the SUV also remain at the hospital: Chanel Davis, 8, was listed in critical condition; Nicolas Davis, 6, was listed in serious condition.

The driver of the pick-up truck, Amanda Fenton, 16, of Angier, was not seriously injured and did not want to be transported to a hospital. Charges against her are pending.

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