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  • lissad821 Apr 4, 4:34 p.m.

    Sorry but I've zoomed in to 700% and I can't see anything. I think it is your mind playing tricks on you. If her body was that visible then the person taking the picture would have seen it.

  • miyata Apr 3, 3:58 p.m.

    Wow...this is very sad, very sad. A couple of the comments are correct you can see her face in the windshield. That's really awful.

  • TAKES_TO2_TANGO Apr 3, 3:58 p.m.

    TAKES_TO2_TANGO - do you even know where her body was? NO you don't nobody outside the family and Police know that. If you have every worked a wreck scene then you could understand this situation better. So if she did something to cause herself to wreck and then laid there and died is it still the troppers fault? Let's wait until they know the time and cause of death before you judge the trooper.
    SouthernBornSouthernBred

    Maye you should think BEFORE you speak. The situation is that she deserved better than to be left in a car for that long regardless of when and how she died! It is THE TROOPER'S FAULT for her being in the car THAT LONG and not checking the accident scene properly. PERIOD.

  • dbgoodyear2010 Apr 3, 3:33 p.m.

    Just zoom in on the passenger side windshield where she impacted and cracked it, you can see the body and face.

  • gordonbabe Apr 3, 3:23 p.m.

    Exigent circumstances (the wreck itself) would give the trooper the right to search the car

  • dbgoodyear2010 Apr 3, 3:00 p.m.

    ok moderators, if you don't want to print that the body is in the windshield so people can see for themselves how easy it was to see her, have one of your so-called journalists check it out for themselves and tell me I'm wrong.

  • dbgoodyear2010 Apr 3, 2:59 p.m.

    Southern bred - You stated if she was alive, she could have moved or yelled to get attention. Apparently you don't believe a person can be alive and unconcious, unable to move or yell. The autopsy will tell when she died and if she died over the weekend, i hope the officer is charged whith negligenent manslaughter.

  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Apr 3, 2:53 p.m.

    TAKES_TO2_TANGO - do you even know where her body was? NO you don't nobody outside the family and Police know that. If you have every worked a wreck scene then you could understand this situation better. So if she did something to cause herself to wreck and then laid there and died is it still the troppers fault? Let's wait until they know the time and cause of death before you judge the trooper.

  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Apr 3, 2:44 p.m.

    doghousebrewery - Wow twist words around much? I did not say if she was unconscious, if she was unconscious she wouldn't be able to try to get out. But if she was alive/awake she would have. Over 30 years Fire/EMS experience you must work in an area with not many accidents. I have seen multiple accidents were not only children but adults are located in the floor board covered by the air bag, books, coats, etc. You as all Fire/EMS are trained to rescue a person that you know is in a vehicle. If it is an abandoned wrecked or not wrecked vechile you look though the windows or open the door. I'm sure this trooper looked. The fact is NOBODY knows what happend to her. She could have had a heart attack.

  • newssaavy72 Apr 3, 2:15 p.m.

    I am in disbelief at this situation. How can anyone not even see that there was a body in the car? A sunfire is a small car. This was no van or SUV. Comon sense would have told you that you are to search for anything or anyone after such an event. I am sure that there was some kind of training that these officers receive of this sort with all of the duties that they perform highway wise! My first instinct would be to look in the car for id of who it would belong to and to run the plates and to find out what might have happened. I hope that this family sues for wrong ful death if indeed it determined that this lady was alive in those 3 days. Yes, to err is human, but she was not an inanimate object, but a human being and I feel for this family. So much negligence on behalf of the HP department to tell the towing company to not speak on the matter. What are they trying to hide?

  • justdontgetit Apr 3, 2:14 p.m.

    First and foremost I would like to extend my condolences to the family of this poor woman in their time of loss! Now as for the part that nobody looked inside the car.. I have worked in the towing business off and on for the last 15 plus years and I can't even remember a single vehicle that I did not look in or go into for some reason if it was nothing other than to make sure the ignition switch was off to prevent a short and fire once it was back at the storage lot or during the trip back to the lot. That was even if it was being pulled up onto the rollback. Now as for the trooper I have never seen a trooper that didnt check the inside of a car even if it was considered abandoned on the side of the road much less in a ditch. Now I am in NO WAY taking up for their actions in this but we dont know all the facts in this case... one thing that puzzles me is where did the pictures come from of the car still in the ditch and why didnt the person that took them check the car themselves???

  • Backtothemountains Apr 3, 2:14 p.m.

    Ok TAKES_TO2_TANGO, so the pictures were taken by the neighbor. So she was in the car when the neighbor took the photos..............

  • Seeminglyopposed Apr 3, 2:08 p.m.

    Shutting it down because the time of death is known is still not happening. Carolyn was left outside in a car that should have been looked into soon after finding it. Nobody should have to endure this tragedy, especially not the family or her, especially her if she lived only moments after the accident. I haven't heard anyone say anything about money and I am exceptionally close to all the family. Usually when people get upset about hearing lawsuits its because they wish they could get one. I am against it for trivilous matters, but I don't consider a body being left in a car days on end not being found unjustified to one.

  • Seeminglyopposed Apr 3, 2:01 p.m.

    The FAMILY did not take the pictures of the scene!

  • Seeminglyopposed Apr 3, 1:59 p.m.

    I know there are a great deal of tales of what the family should have done. First of all they didn't take the pictures. Some bystanders sent them the pictures. Second she was a grown woman and could stay out all night, but she didn't miss work. Thirdly, I don't care if she was drunk, high, sick or whatever, there is not a reason they should not have found her. In most cases, the license tag is ran and inquiries made. I informed the family that there are some cruel people in this world that will make terrible comments, but to remain focused. I just hope they never have to live that circumstance, but if they do, then may they remember the harsh comments that they put on this forum. The majority of them have children, parents, partners and how would they like it they leave home, found dead regardless of the situation days later in plain sight? This is utterly shameful to the lack of compassion this world has turned out to be.

  • grammie27 Apr 3, 1:52 p.m.

    My heart goes out to the family AND to the SHP trooper in this case. But....with that said......as a retired RN/Paramedic, I have to say that this appears to have been a very survivable accident. It appears that there is remarkably little damage to the vehicle. If the driver was properly seatbelted and if the airbags deployed properly, which it appears they did, she should have been able to survive her injuries. Such a terrible situation!

  • jaydosse Apr 3, 1:40 p.m.

    "I can't imagine why you wouldn't check inside a vehicle that had been in an accident." ~ jaybab ~

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    This story is heartbreaking. May God grant the family peace.

    Dereliction of duty perhaps on the part of the trooper, or just plain laziness?? Since when would an LEO not do a thorough investigation at the scene for all possibilities prior to having a vehicle towed anywhere. He needs to resign out of respect for the family.

  • doghousebrewery Apr 3, 1:19 p.m.

    It is a shame that there is such ignorance and pure lack of common sense amonst the posters...but what is really a shame...the moderators are none the wiser and do nothing to remedy it. I bet you folks will even try and vote for Obamy a third time.

  • LEO 101 Apr 3, 1:19 p.m.

    People, stop assuming and already judge the Trooper. Let the investigation be completed first. If the Trooper failed at his job then he will pay. Until then stop saying he is guilty. Sad for everyone. Prayers

  • Grand Union Apr 3, 1:14 p.m.

    To err is human.

  • 2alegal Apr 3, 1:11 p.m.

    I am on both sides here. I see where the Trooper should have been vigilant. I ALSO SEE WHERE the neighbor (who took the pictures) and the family all could have been looking for her over the holiday weekend. I usually know where my family members are 24/7. We are a large family and if I don't know, you can best bet someone else DOES. Praying this situation resolves itself.

  • doghousebrewery Apr 3, 1:05 p.m.

    The following poster seems to indicate that you can NOT be unconscious, yet STIIL ALIVE. Seriously?! Second,unless the victim was a child, there arent very many car air bags, if any, that would cover/ conceal an adult body. The fact is, the Trooper failed his job miserably. How do I nknow? Over 30 years of Fire/EMS experience and more car accidents than you can count.

    "Don't you think if she was alive after she wrecked her car that she would have tried to move the air bag to get out? Therefore if she was alive and tried to get out her body would have been visible. If on impact of her wrecking the car the body slide in the drivers floor board the air bag would have covered it. A person in a seat belt would have still been in the seat. Why can't people just except the fact that she wrecked her car and died, why does it have to be somebody's fault? If she was alive when the office was there she could have made some movement or yelled to get his attention." --- SouthernBornSouthernBred

  • jaybabe Apr 3, 12:44 p.m.

    This is just awful. Clearly there was failure on the trooper's part to do his job. If this had been my family member or friend you're dang skippy I'd be mad as a wet setting hen. I don't even know this lady and it makes me angry. If she could have been saved it makes it so much worse, but even if she wasn't breathing and there was no way to save her it is horrible that her body was left in that vehicle til Monday. So yeah her family deserves to be angry and want answers. That trooper should have done better. I can't imagine why you wouldn't check inside a vehicle that had been in an accident.

  • DaisyMae Apr 3, 12:43 p.m.

    Very sad situation. Heartfelt condolences to the family.

  • POINT BLANK Apr 3, 12:32 p.m.

    Will investigate to the same high degree as the original wreck?
    >>> blind leading the blind

  • Obamacare rises Apr 3, 12:31 p.m.

    This story made me think of 'Weekend at Bernie's.'

  • emprezzinez Apr 3, 12:28 p.m.

    Some of you blaming the family for saying the LEO should have done their job and this lady could have lived are disgusting. period. Seeing as to how none of you know the details of the accident, the time of when it happened vs the time when the veh was found or even what he cause of death was. Some of you are sick and insensitive. There is nothing about this story that should cause any of the cruel remarks about the victim or her family. My condolences go out to them...And my prayers for you ole hateful people on here

  • TAKES_TO2_TANGO Apr 3, 12:28 p.m.

    This is sad that this had happened, but if a family member took pictures when it was in the ditch, I feel that was bad that they did not look the car over besides take pictures. I would have been looking myself and calling people in the family that I had found the car. Very Sad
    rle

    Please read the comments before you write. The car was gone by the time we got there and the pictures were provided from a neighbor near the scene of the accident.

  • TAKES_TO2_TANGO Apr 3, 12:26 p.m.

    Don't you think if she was alive after she wrecked her car that she would have tried to move the air bag to get out? Therefore if she was alive and tried to get out her body would have been visible. If on impact of her wrecking the car the body slide in the drivers floor board the air bag would have covered it. A person in a seat belt would have still been in the seat. Why can't people just except the fact that she wrecked her car and died, why does it have to be somebody's fault? If she was alive when the office was there she could have made some movement or yelled to get his attention. Quit blaming others this is sad not only for her family but for the Officer. I'm sure he feels bad enough. Enough blame! She ran off the road, wrecked her car and died!
    SouthernBornSouthernBred

    so you're saying it was OK for them to leave her in the car like that for 3 days???!! The officer is DEFINITELY at fault for that and SHOULD feel bad about it!

  • cant fix stupid Apr 3, 12:05 p.m.

    Here's a good place to check Johnston County news
    http://wtsbradio.com/pages/localnews.html

  • rle Apr 3, 12:02 p.m.

    This is sad that this had happened, but if a family member took pictures when it was in the ditch, I feel that was bad that they did not look the car over besides take pictures. I would have been looking myself and calling people in the family that I had found the car. Very Sad

  • stymieindurham Apr 3, 12:02 p.m.

    "They didn't do their job properly, and we want some answers,"
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    Not to be cruel to the family, but, you have your answers. The tooper missed the deceased in the vehicle and has been suspended pending an investigation. There's nothing more-

  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Apr 3, 11:59 a.m.

    Don't you think if she was alive after she wrecked her car that she would have tried to move the air bag to get out? Therefore if she was alive and tried to get out her body would have been visible. If on impact of her wrecking the car the body slide in the drivers floor board the air bag would have covered it. A person in a seat belt would have still been in the seat. Why can't people just except the fact that she wrecked her car and died, why does it have to be somebody's fault? If she was alive when the office was there she could have made some movement or yelled to get his attention. Quit blaming others this is sad not only for her family but for the Officer. I'm sure he feels bad enough. Enough blame! She ran off the road, wrecked her car and died!

  • Terkel Apr 3, 11:57 a.m.

    "Why wasn't the license place run and a dispatch made to the house where the car was registered? If no one was home then a notice should have been left at the house. " thec

    I'd bet we don't have the manpower to dispatch someone to each house every time a car is abandoned, wrecked, or needs to be towed.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Apr 3, 11:49 a.m.

    I've read three reports of this story across the web. One states her body was found in the drivers seat, another stated body found passenger side floorboard, final mentioned body found in trunk.

    Which is it? 007KnightRider

    How on Earth could she be in the trunk?

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    Ummmmm......someone put her there and ran the car in the ditch? That could be how on Earth

  • Barfly Apr 3, 11:48 a.m.

    An autopsy will determine the cause of death and an approximate time of death.

    I can understand how her body was missed, initially.

    The rest, not so much. I hope Ms. Watkins didn't suffer.

  • Relic Apr 3, 11:41 a.m.

    Ok. This was a bad mistake. A HUGE mistake. A "you're on desk duty and you're probably either going home without pay or looking for a new job" mistake. Now can we move on from this story and all the speculation and allow the family to mourn and the NCSHP has to do what it can to make restitution for their pain?

  • jjsmith1973 Apr 3, 11:11 a.m.

    In my home state, the officers are required to do a tow reciept report of any abandon car before callig the tow driver. That means they are to look in the car if it can be open, they are to enter the vehicle. The inventory reciept is to document all items in the vehicle to protect the officer and the driver from theft. So when they claim the vehicle there is a log of what was present in the car, so there is no claims that they had a big screen t.v. in the back and they didn't or the opposite so if they did and it is on the reciept by the officers they can file a theft report and they can investigate who stole the item. If that would have been done in this case they would have found the woman

  • tonycheeek Apr 3, 11:03 a.m.

    “I mean if she was still alive it does sounds like it may be murder to me. He definitely did not do his job,” said son Calvin Wooten.

  • Obamacare rises Apr 3, 11:00 a.m.

    I've read three reports of this story across the web. One states her body was found in the drivers seat, another stated body found passenger side floorboard, final mentioned body found in trunk.

    Which is it?
    007KnightRider

    How on Earth could she be in the trunk?

  • Offshore Apr 3, 10:54 a.m.

    You would assume someone was IN the car.
    Smart Alex

    Not necessarily, have seen how many cars are left on the side of the road? Also, if she wasn't wearing a seat belt she may have ended up under the dash from impact. Either way, it's a horrible situation for all involved. My heart & prayers to the family of the victim and the officer(I'm sure he feels terrible)

  • kdpierce11212 Apr 3, 10:49 a.m.

    Ms. Carolyn was a very lovely lady who always knew how to put a smile on any ones face. She will be missed by so many people. I'll never forget the good times we had. Rest easy ms. Carolyn. I know your up there with your heavenly father now.

  • 007KnightRider Apr 3, 10:37 a.m.

    I've read three reports of this story across the web. One states her body was found in the drivers seat, another stated body found passenger side floorboard, final mentioned body found in trunk.

    Which is it?

  • dldobbins Apr 3, 10:35 a.m.

    It is obvious that the State Trooper didn't do his job, someone at the towing company should have seen her as well and said something. Not only are there lots of questions about whether she was alive or not when her car was found, now there are even more questions as to why anyone wouldn't look through the car and see if someone was in the car before having it towed. It just seems so . . . . DISRESPECTFUL of the deceased.

  • driverkid3 Apr 3, 10:29 a.m.

    Going by the picture shown, she was a lovely lady. I'd be highly upset too, if this happened to a relative or friend of mine.

  • TAKES_TO2_TANGO Apr 3, 10:21 a.m.

    If the car was towed on Friday, how could family and friends have gone to the site and taken pictures on Monday?
    ziva

    We learned on Monday that the car had been in a wreck and towed on Friday so as soon as we were informed on Monday we went to the accident site to search for clues to find her (the SHP had not looked in the car yet). A neighbor that lives near the accident saw us on the side of the road looking at the embankment and stopped to provide us with pictures of the car in the ditch that she took with her cell phone on Friday before the car was towed.

  • ziva Apr 3, 10:09 a.m.

    If the car was towed on Friday, how could family and friends have gone to the site and taken pictures on Monday?

  • Smart Alex Apr 3, 10:00 a.m.

    You bet I would be suing everybody. This is inexcusable, gross negligence. It is infuriating. You would assume someone was IN the car.

  • poeticallycorrect-InvNo1 Apr 3, 9:52 a.m.

    So sad....my prayers go out to the family. Looking at the picture I can see how at "first glance" it looks as if noone is in the car because of the air bag BUT if I seen a car wrecked like that one I am not going to assume that someone wrecked, then got out, LOCKED THEIR DOORS, and ran off from the seen. Also knowing that not all people wear their seatbelts, if I didnt see the person or broken glass where a person could have been thrown out I would look throughly in the car to make sure the person had not been thrown around in there. NEGLIGENCE is the key word here, both on part of the trooper, and the tow company!!!!

  • tksmth Apr 3, 9:30 a.m.

    Let me first say as a 20 yr Firefighter and owner of a Auto Shop and Towing Company this is just unexcusable. The family has all rights to be angry and the Trooper should have been Suspended without pay pending investagation and the Towing company is just as guilty cause they should have checked the car once they it out of the ditch. I say fire the Trooper sue the State and the Tow company

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