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Wreck kills 6-year-old on way to wedding

Posted April 10, 2011

— A head-on collision in Pitt County Saturday afternoon killed a 6-year-old girl who was going to a wedding.

State troopers said the fatal wreck occurred on N.C. Highway 43, between Greenville and Falkland. The Honda Accord that 6-year-old Ava Kendall was traveling in with two bridesmaids was headed south to Greenville.

A Jeep Cherokee traveling north crossed the center line and hit the car head on, troopers said.

Kendall was killed.

She was supposed to be the flower girl in Rachel Jones' wedding.

"April 9 will never be what we thought it was going to be," Jones said.

She came across the crash on her way to the church and and said she "knew right away."

"One was dead," she said. "How do you pick one of three? You can't."

Flower girl, 6, killed in wreck on way to wedding Flower girl, 6, killed in wreck on way to wedding

The Honda driver, 22-year-old Michele Garland, her passenger, 13-year-old Lindsey Whitehurst, and the Jeep driver, Mupin Wu Cummings, 39, of Pinetops, were taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, where they were all listed in fair condition Sunday evening.

The investigation of the wreck is ongoing, troopers said, but they do not believe alcohol was a factor. No charges have been filed.

Jones said she's turning to pictures and memories to help her cope with the loss of the energetic, outgoing flower girl.

"Anywhere we went, people would stop to talk to her because she was explosive with personality and she was beautiful," she said.


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  • btneast Apr 11, 2011

    We really do NOT know it was a cell phone. Even so, if you were to snap your fingers and all cell phones disappeared instantly, you would not eliminate driving distractions....not even knock a dent in it....

  • ConcernedNCC Apr 11, 2011

    Why the words from the bride-to-be and not from the girl's mother?

  • shydude1973 Apr 11, 2011

    see facebook memorial https://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/profile.php?id=100000534085479

  • packersfan4life Apr 11, 2011

    I'll hug my son a little extra tight tonight. This is the worst thing any parent could imagine.

  • mommy2caroline Apr 11, 2011

    My daughter had the joy of being in a preschool class with Ava. Lovely family and sweet, funny, smart girl. I cannot imagine the grief they are experiencing. My heart is so heavy.

  • pebbles262004 Apr 11, 2011

    only 10,000 dollars bond

  • pebbles262004 Apr 11, 2011

    So sorry, Praying for the family

  • j-lo93 Apr 11, 2011

    Praying for the family of this precious little angel.

  • Roland K. Apr 11, 2011

    My eyes welled up in tears while reading this sad sad story. Unfathomable gtief this family must be feeling.

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Apr 11, 2011

    if you watch the video and don't cry, you need to be shipped out of here!