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Toddler killed in Johnston wreck

Posted May 30, 2013
Updated May 31, 2013

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— A 1-year-old girl died Wednesday when the car she was riding in ran off a Johnston County highway and overturned, authorities said Thursday.

Latrisha Slack, 22, ran off the right side of N.C. Highway 96 near Antioch Church Road outside of Selma at about 4 p.m. Her 1997 Chevrolet car hit a ditch, came back across the highway and ran off the left side, where it hit a tree and flipped, authorities said.

Madison Alaina "Maddie" Creech was trapped in the overturned car in her car seat and died, authorities said.

Friends said Slack, her boyfriend, Derrell Atkins, and their friend, Matthew Grant Creech, were headed to Tucker Lake to spend the day with their children when the crash occurred.

"They were just starting out, just starting their life together," friend Alex Grant said of the Creech family as he visited a memorial for Maddie Creech that friends created at the spot where she died.

Timothy Slack said his sister doesn't know how she lost control of the car.

Highway Patrol troopers said Latrisha Slack was driving 65 mph in a 55-mph zone. Everyone in the car was properly restrained, they said, and no one was thrown from the car.

Madison Creech memorial Families mourn child's death in crash near Selma

The families have been friends for years, Timothy Slack said.

"We are a lot closer (now) than what we were," he said.

Latrisha Slack was listed in good condition Thursday at WakeMed in Raleigh. Atkins, 24, Creech, 22, and Ty-Anna Atkins, the infant daughter of Latrisha Slack and Atkins, were treated at WakeMed and released.

"She is doing all right," Timothy Slack said of his sister. "She has a bruised shoulder, a couple of scratches and that's it – a lot of heartbreak."

Latrisha Slack will be charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and speeding upon her release from the hospital, authorities said.

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  • jcrew1979 May 31, 2013

    So sad

  • kornfan2448 May 31, 2013

    "The driver may have been doing something she shouldn't have while driving, whether it be speeding, texting, talking on the phone, etc. You don't have all the facts."

    You're right, I don't, all it says is she was going 65 in a 55. However, I am not one to immediately assume someone was doing something wrong. She also could have been swerving to miss an animal or an oncoming car, or she may have simply ran off the side of the road.

  • rsgolo May 31, 2013

    "Not sure what purpose charging her with "misdemeanor death by motor vehicle" will serve, but that's our legal system. This young 22 year old is going to have to carry this with her the rest of her life and that is more than punishment enough."

    The driver may have been doing something she shouldn't have while driving, whether it be speeding, texting, talking on the phone, etc. You don't have all the facts.

  • Sweetgrl3 May 31, 2013

    My heart goes out to this sweet baby girl's family. I can't imagine what they are going through. Sounds like this was an accident and I pray God will give them all strength to get through this. And pray God holds the mother and father tight.

  • kornfan2448 May 31, 2013

    Not sure what purpose charging her with "misdemeanor death by motor vehicle" will serve, but that's our legal system. This young 22 year old is going to have to carry this with her the rest of her life and that is more than punishment enough.

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  • jonrosstaylor May 30, 2013

    "The accident, in itself, is negligent. The car didn't run off the road on its own.
    UNC81"
    No, the accident, in itself, is an accident.

    Absent any other information, they are charging her because she had an accident that killed someone while speeding, the speeding being the negligence.

    I personally agree that all other things remaining equal, it seems harsh. Negligence in legal terms is usually the infamous "reasonable man" standard, ie, did she do something a reasonable person wouldn't do. I don't personally feel speeding @ 10 over on the interstate qualifies. It certainly seems discretionary at best. Prayers for the family.

  • Iwasasoldier4u May 30, 2013

    What a shame. She looks so sweet in the picture.

  • Curlyq May 30, 2013

    The charge is inappropriate! I can't even imagine what this young family is going through. for goodness sake, isn't what she'll have to live with enough?

  • EnoughWhiningAlready May 30, 2013

    How very sad. Prayers and condolences to the family. :(

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