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Troopers: Child killed in wreck wasn't properly restrained

Posted December 27, 2009

— A 6-year-old child was not properly restrained when the SUV she was riding in collided Friday with a tractor trailer in Harnett County, according to the state Highway Patrol.

The tractor trailer was traveling northbound on Interstate 95, near the Pope Road overpass, when the SUV attempted to pass it, troopers said.

The driver of the SUV lost control of the vehicle and went off the road, striking a guardrail before over correcting, then hitting the tractor trailer and landing upside down, troopers said.

SUV passenger Taryn Greise, 6, of Pennsylvania, was killed, troopers said. She was not restrained in a child’s car seat or wearing a seatbelt, troopers said Sunday.

The driver of the SUV, Brandon John Greise Sr., 34, three other adults and two other children were transported to Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The tractor trailer driver was not injured.

Troopers said charges could be filed this week in the wreck.


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  • no contest Dec 28, 2009

    I had one of these children that would always try to unbuckle and get out of the car seat. I went to the hardware store and bought one of those small spring clamps that you would use to hold something together while the glue set. It had no sharp edges and it was easy for me to squeeze open but not the kids. It frustrated the kids but the problem was solved. One of my in-laws still uses it today.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 28, 2009

    But, shelie26, the Million Dollar question is, "If you mess up, will you then take personal responsibility and pay the price to society that you consequently owe?"

  • shelie26 Dec 28, 2009

    Yes we can all judge and say what needs to be done . But how many times have we done something careless and put ourselfs , our families or someone else in danger. By being on a cell phone while driving ,Eating while were driving or driving overing the posted speed limit all these things could lead to fatal circumstances and most everyone is guiltiy of not doing everthing just right. We dont know everything Think about it.

  • concerncitizen Dec 28, 2009

    kandisrdh, I'm so gald your family is well. It's people like you that just don't getit! You have to have contriol of your children at all times. If I had a child that I had no more control over than you have over yours, I would never take them any place in a car. Period! Until they understood that when I lock the seat belt it stays locked until I say different! No one gets in my car without wearing a seat belt. No one!

  • concerncitizen Dec 28, 2009

    We don't need more laws. If the drivers of these cars don't see that everyone is seated properly, and a child or adult is harmed than they should be charged with a crime. Voluntary man slaughter or the likes of it! they should not be allowed to plead down to a lesser charge! It's easy, we just have to have the guts to do something! The same goes for cell phone use while driving. We have laws that say reckless driving is a crime! Cell phone use while driving is reckless!

  • concerncitizen Dec 28, 2009

    SUV's come in all sort of sizes. Were there enough seats for the child to even be in a restraint? Was it a 5, 6 or 7 passenger SUV?

  • kandisrdh Dec 28, 2009

    Some of you are too quick to judge the parents. We do NOT know the complete circumstances. I am a VERY protective and loving parent. I love my children with all my heart. Yet, when they were 5 and 7, I had a car wreck which totaled my vehicle. As I was wrecking, I noticed my son had just unbuckled his seatbelt. He flew to the front. Everyone ok, but I know it is not always the parents fault. I had just pulled off the road and buckled him in 1 mile back cause he was hudini! Anyway, these people are going through enough, be nice.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 28, 2009

    The parent may protest, but clearly this parent didn't value the life of their child. Actions have spoken here. No belt = No life.

    We can all learn from the mistakes of others.

  • itsmyownopinion Dec 28, 2009

    OK, I don't see in the article if a child seat was in the car, or not, but we assume it did have seat belts. I don't have small children, so I'm not acutely aware of the requirements to comply here, but I have known children to unbuckle or get out of car seats (the older ones at least), so is it possible the child had done this just prior to the accident? Hopefully, all parents would see the benefit of abiding by the law in this regard. It's tragic of course, however it occurred, and my heart goes out to family regardless.

  • anonemoose Dec 28, 2009

    How about we actually use the laws we have now and charge daddy with involuntary manslaughter?