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Fiery, head-on collision kills three in Greene County

Posted November 27, 2010
Updated November 28, 2010

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— A head-on collision in Greene County Friday evening killed three people and critically injured a girl, according to the state Highway Patrol.

State troopers said that an SUV crossed the center line and struck an oncoming car on U.S. Highway 258 north of Snow Hill around 5:45 p.m. The SUV then caught on fire.

The SUV driver, Shirley Francis Mitchell, 24, of Greenville, and the driver of the car, Jonathan Lucas, 25, of Snow Hill, died instantly.

Two passengers from the car were taken to area hospitals. Chiquita Taylor, 20, died of her injuries at Lenoir Memorial. Another young female, whose name and age authorities have not released, was in critical condition at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

Troopers said that the car was registered to Debbie Faye Taylor, 42, of Snow Hill, but that she was not in the car at the time of the crash.

The SUV was so badly burned that investigators couldn't determine its make or model or read its license plate, troopers said. The fire damage to the vehicles caused delays in identifying the victims.

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  • theroadislong Nov 29, 2010

    I had to go through a detour around 7:30 Friday night and saw the fire trucks. I didn't know how bad it was. My condolence to the families of all involved.

  • pebbles262004 Nov 29, 2010

    So sorry, what a sad way to end the Thanksgiving season for this family..They will be in my prayers