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Two children killed in I-85 crash in Mebane

Posted February 10, 2010

— Two children died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 85/40 near Mebane Oaks Road Tuesday morning, according to the state Highway Patrol.

A Honda Civic was westbound on the highway when it either stopped or stalled in the second lane from the left-hand shoulder, the Highway Patrol said. A Ford Explorer then rear-ended the Civic.

Two of the people in the Civic – sisters Mequea L. Spears, 9, Aiysha N. Spears, 5, both of Bennettsville, S.C. – were killed. The girls' mother, Andrea L. Purvis, was driving the car. She was taken to a local hospital.

An 8-year-old child, who was in the front passenger seat of the Civic, and John R. Dieter, of Dunn, who was driving the Explorer, were also taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Their conditions were unknown Wednesday afternoon.

No charges are expected to be filed, according to the state Highway Patrol.

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  • rescuefan Feb 11, 4:27 p.m.

    What's with the yelling latitude52n? What you are saying is no better than the people who are saying that the man driving the Explorer should be charged. You have no clue why this woman stopped in that lane, and until you do, you have no reason to make the ASSUMPTIONS that you are making.

  • DizzyDaphnee Feb 11, 2:31 p.m.

    Be honest, WHAT WOULD U HAVE DONE? Honestly, the only SAFE thing to do is roll down driver window, engage flashers. since she was in the second from far left, she should have blown her horn and waved her arm to the LEFT LANE, VEHEMENTLY INDICATING URGENT NEED TO "GET IN" TO FAST LANE, THEN SHE COULD HAVE MOVED SAFELY OFF THE ROADWAY. ALL THOSE STEPS WOULD HAVE ALERTED OTHER DRIVERS THAT THIS CAR WAS IN DISTRESS. THE OUTCOME WOULD HAVE BEEN FAR BETTER FOR ALL. COMMON SENSE AND FOLLOWING THE DRIVING RULES LAID DOWN ARE WHAT U NEED TO KNOW. IF SHE RAN OUT OF GAS, THEN THE FAULT RESTS SOLELY ON THIS MOTHER'S SHOULDERS!

  • DizzyDaphnee Feb 11, 2:27 p.m.

    So now it is leagal to STOP YOUR CAR in the MIDDLE of the Interstate and if u cause an accident, Oh well. Yes it is very tragic that two young girl's lives were VALUED SO POORLY. If this woman was a COMPETENT driver, she would have signaled and moved to the shoulder of the highway. All of our ACTIONS have consequences, this is just LIFE PLAYING OUT NORMALLY, THE RISK FOR DEATH ON THE INTERSTATE IS HIGH. DRIVERS ARE SUPPOSED TO KNOW THIS WHEN THEY GET BEHIND THE WHEEL AND TRANSPORT OTHERS. Regardless of the sorrow, I bet this woman will NEVER choose to stop her car in the middle of the road again, FULLY aware that others share it and they might just be coming up behind her ANYTIME. TAKE A LESSON ALL YOU READERS, either way, it could be u next time that runs up on someone STOPPED and when FORCED to hit them, will u be giving ur self up to the authorities claiming responsibility? Not in a pig's eye u won't!

  • LOC Feb 11, 2:15 p.m.

    so sad! May they rest in peace..

  • donnied1952 Feb 11, 1:08 p.m.

    believer58 What do you mean by 8 to 10 laned? there are only two lanes where this accident happened.
    I don't understand what you are talking about.
    The accident happened near the Hwy 19 Exit which has two lanes going west and two east with a concrete barrier between.

  • PraiseToHim Feb 11, 1:04 p.m.

    no charges? I would charge Mr. dieter with 2 counts of voluntary manslaughter
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    LOL, godnessgracious. "Voluntary" manslaughter is when you have an "intent to kill." Killing someone in the "heat of passion" for example.

  • findoutthefacts Feb 11, 12:05 p.m.

    No one has any idea why the car was "stopped or stalled". For all anyone here knows, this woman may have been mad at someone behind her and slammed on brakes to try to "scare" or cause an accident.

    There is never any reason to be stopped on the interstate...if a cars engine stops, the wheels keep rolling and you have plenty of time to get off the road!

  • Pseudonym Feb 11, 10:35 a.m.

    You people claiming that the driver of the Explorer is at fault are complete idiots. If anybody should be charged with vehicular manslaughter, it should be the driver of the Civic. I have run out of gas before in the second to left lane on I-40 during rush hour and I was able to get my car safely to the shoulder, stop safely, and wait for IMAP. When you are involved in a vehicular emergency, your first responsibility is to do what you can to get out of the way and get to safety. There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON she should have been stopped in the second lane from the left-1 lane away from the left shoulder.

    Now, it would be a different story if she was in the shoulder when he hit her or if he had fled the scene.

  • rescuefan Feb 11, 9:42 a.m.

    I have driven that area many times. There is heavy traffic most of the time. They were in the lane next to the fast lane. It's entirely possible that the driver of the Explorer had cars on either side of him and could not avoid a car that was stopped in the lane in front of him.

    It never ceases to amaze me how people on GOLO love to point fingers when they have no clue. If you weren't there and didn't see the accident, you can't say that he had plenty of time/space to avoid the car. Obviously the authorities didn't feel like he did anything wrong or they would have charged him.

  • believer58 Feb 11, 9:35 a.m.

    I-85/40 in Mebane is not 4 laned I-95..It is like 8 to 10 laned with ample time and space to move over when one realized they were very quickly coming upon a very slow moving or stopped vehicle if one was paying attention to the traffic in front of them and would have clearly seen other vehicles changing lanes quickly to avoid an accident.

    Visibilty is very wide open on that part of the interstate..slightly curving and slightly sloping in areas but never to the point that you cannot see 1/4 to 1/2 mile in front of you.

    Speed limit is 65 mph with many traveling upwards of 80+ in the two left lanes. Have never seen a tractor-trailer in the left two lanes on this stretch..ample lanes for them to avoid the faster moving vehicles.

    It just does not add up to an unavoidable crash for someone paying attention and if not paying attention....how are they not at fault?

    Would like to know the length of the skid marks and what efforts were made to avoid the civic

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