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Wreck kills one mother-to-be; other loses unborn twins

Posted January 5, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— A pregnant woman died in a wreck Saturday while going to a Robeson County hospital with her pregnant cousin, who lost twin babies she was delivering.

Keisha Locklear Man charged in wreck that kills mom-to-be, unborn twins

Toni Tenille Brooks, 32, of Maxton, died in the wreck at Midway Road and N.C. Highway 130, about seven miles west of Rowland. She was three months' pregnant with her first child.

When she went into labor, Keisha Locklear, 19, of Pembroke, called Toni Brooks, her cousin. Locklear was carrying twins, a boy and girl.

"Oh, she was excited about those children," Lexie Brooks, Keisha Locklear's aunt, said. "She was looking forward to those babies and seeing them."

The pregnant women and their 17-year-old nephew, Patrick Locklear, got into a 1989 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Toni Brooks' boyfriend, Ron Lowry, 32, of the 1200 block of Midway Road.

Lowry stopped on Midway at N.C. 130 but failed to yield to an oncoming tractor-trailer, state troopers said. The truck driver couldn't stop in time, and the 2006 Freightliner tractor hit the Suburban on the passenger's side, knocking it more than 200 feet into a cotton field.

The Suburban occupants and truck driver – Tyson Concepcion, 26, of Laurinburg – were taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, but Toni Brooks died.

Keisha Locklear suffered broken legs and head injuries, and the loss of the twins to whose birth the whole family had been looking forward, relatives said.

"Her mother was excited; it seems like everybody was excited about it," her great-aunt, Frances Brooks, said.

Lowry and Patrick Locklear, of Maxton, suffered serious injuries; Lowry was in good condition, and the teen boy in fair condition Monday. Concepcion had minor injures.

Troopers charged Lowry with misdemeanor death by vehicle,  failure to yield the right of way and driving with a revoked license.

Toni Brooks worked for Robeson County Home Health, a health-care agency.

"She was a smart girl. She helped her mother a whole lot around the house," Lexie Brooks said.

Keisha Locklear was in serious condition Monday, but family members said they fear the worst pain is ahead for her.

"It'll just hurt her when she realizes they're not there no more," Lexie Brooks said.


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  • hisfoxxylady21409 Jan 6, 2009

    My heart goes out to the lady who lost her children. Any loss be in the first month or last month is a great heartbreak and one that you never get over no matter how much time goes by. You always remember. Prayers to all the family involved. God bless you all. Terry

  • housemanagercary Jan 6, 2009

    Does anyone know how far this area is from a hospital? I'm just curious if the twins weren't attended to quickly enough because that's a rural area. I would hate to think that if this same accident happened closer to a trauma center that the outcome would be different. My condolences to all involved.

  • boomylar Jan 6, 2009

    this is soo sad. i'm sorry to hear this news....

    but i've been saying this ever since i had a car going 90mph pass me in a 55 zone on the way to the hospital...just bc you're having a baby doesnt mean you get to break the law and speed or run stop signs

  • lissad821 Jan 6, 2009

    Such a sad situation.....

  • Gnathostomata Jan 6, 2009

    Condolences to this family. So sad...

  • DizzyDaphnee Jan 6, 2009

    I completely see the tragedy and feel sorrow for this young woman and her dead cousin plus the other injured parties, yet it ALL COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED if LAWS were respected. If this man driving, the boyfriend has no respect for what a driver's license is, the RESPONSIBILITY IT INVOLVES, nor OBVIOUSLY THE DANGERS OF DRIVING EACH AND EVERY DAY EVERYWHERE. I have little sympathy FOR THOSE WHO BRING ABOUT THEIR OWN SUFFERING but my HEART GOES OUT TO THOSE CAUGHT UP IN HIS HORRIFIC ill-conceived line of action. I hope he learns something this time, this time IT wasn't just about him and this is the lesson ALL PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE HOME TO THEIR HOME BANK AND MEMORIZE!!!! Each of our actions IMPACTS others for good or bad. Realize it, deal with it, make something good from it!!

  • Scubagirl Jan 6, 2009

    How horrible. Prayers to the families.

  • braddyg Jan 6, 2009

    "Why in the world would you not yield for a tractor trailer? And he was 32....sheesh!"

    He was driving a 19-year-old who was giving birth to the hospital along with his pregnant girlfriend...I can imagine the scene in the car was not the picture of serenity. He shouldn't have been driving in the first place, but it's very possible that he just didn't have his head on straight with all that was going on. Either way, it's a sad story and all involved are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Eduardo1 Jan 6, 2009

    What a shame. May they all find a place at the lords feet. And poor Mr Concepcion, although NOT GUILTY of any wrong doing, must have the burden of those deaths for the rest of his life. The person responsible for these deaths, has been charged with several violations

  • down by the pond Jan 6, 2009

    why didn't the 19 year olds' " baby daddy" drive her to the hospital,,,,,? to be there for the birth of his children ??? huh???
    also, i am sorry , but did the 32 year old lady who lost her life know that her 32 year old boyfriend should not be driving,,,,? why do good people make bad choices?
    why do folks put themselves in harms way??
    so sad,,,