Raeford, N.C. — Members of the Pinehill Fire Department in Hoke County were in mourning Saturday, a day after a 22-year-old volunteer was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Stubby Oaks Road south of Raeford.
Sarah Stonesifer, of Aberdeen, was on her way to the Pinehill station about 7 p.m. Friday when she ran off the road, hit a fence post and flipped her car. Highway Patrol officials said she was not wearing a seat belt.
Pinehill Fire Chief Tommy Nelson said Stonesifer was returning to the station to eat dinner with the crew, a normal Friday night activity. On Saturday, Nelson said he's never experienced such heartache.
"I'm going to miss her," Nelson said through tears. "Her personality, the way she was. She was just good-hearted."
Stonesifer, who on Facebook listed her occupation as veterinary assistant, had been volunteering at Pinehill for about two months.
"Super sweet, nice girl," Nelson said. "Quiet, [a] good 'ol country girl."
Nelson and Stonesifer's boyfriend, also a volunteer at the department, were the first to respond to the crash, which happened less than 2 miles from their location on Ashemont Road.
"I went over to check for a pulse, to see if she was breathing," Nelson said. "And nothing."
Stonesifer's family will receive visitors Monday from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines. Her funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Boles Funeral Home is located at 425 W. Pennsylvania Avenue.