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SUV hits Johnston County church

Posted November 10, 2010

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— A 51-year-old woman and her three grandchildren were injured when their SUV struck a Princeton church early Wednesday afternoon, badly damaging the building.

Police Chief Tyrone Sutton said that a Ford Escape driven by Barbara Martin veered off the road in the 200 block of South Pearl Street road and traveled 246 feet before hitting Princeton Baptist Church at 40 to 50 mph.

Fire Chief Ken Starling said that Martin was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh. She had a broken right leg and possible internal injuries.

Her three grandchildren, ages 4, 5 and 8, were taken to Johnston Memorial Hospital in Smithfield to be checked for possible internal injuries, Starling said. The children complained of head and chest pain at the scene.

Starling said building inspectors found that the crash destabilized the front columns of the church at the point of impact. The front entrance of the church is unsafe for use, he said, but worship services will be held as scheduled. There was no estimate yet on how much repairs will cost.

Martin told investigators that she doesn't remember the crash and has a history of seizures, Sutton said. It has not yet been determined if she had a seizure before the wreck.


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  • Skywatch_NC Nov 10, 2010

    Prayers and thoughts with the grandmother and her grandchildren as they recover from their injuries.

  • onlee99 Nov 10, 2010

    Everyone is fine!

  • rdmcswai Nov 10, 2010

    Who am I now - Please tell me you're kidding. This poor grandmother not only seriously injured herself, but probably feels TERRIBLE for putting her grandchildren in danger. Accidents happen. We all know that.

  • working for deadbeats Nov 10, 2010

    I think she should be charged with attempted murder!!

  • working for deadbeats Nov 10, 2010

    So what was she charged with? She could have killed somebody! Blah blah blah!

    I'm just using the same attitude as in the RPD officer crash.

  • ajfuddermukker Nov 10, 2010

    Why is it that whenever anybody hits a building,another car or whatever, they all of a sudden have a problem with their memory?

    Seriously though, I hope all have a quick and uncomplicated recovery.

  • The Fox Nov 10, 2010

    Seems to be an epidemic of vehicles hitting buildings as of late.

  • twoboys Nov 10, 2010

    Actually, they THINK she had a seizure, that has not been confirmed. The children, are okay, however.

  • Adelinthe Nov 10, 2010


    Thank God the children are ok. Praying for the driver.

    God bless.


  • jnorris Nov 10, 2010

    I understand she had a seizure and that caused the accident.