Four killed in weather-related wreck

Posted September 30, 2010

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— Four people were killed Thursday afternoon in what authorities say was a weather-related wreck in Washington County.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said five people from Atlanta were traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 64, east of Creswell when their vehicle hit a patch of standing water, hydroplaned and skidded off the highway into a ditch.

WITN-TV in Greenville reported that witnesses told investigators that a Jeep went off the right side of the road, down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped into a canal.

Troopers told the news outlet that those killed appeared to have drowned.

Authorities have identified the victims as Daniel Alvarez, 27, who was the driver, Natalie Owens, 27, and Zacharia Alvarez, 3.

Ezekiel Alvarez, 3, was taken to Pitt Memorial Hospital for treatment.


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  • vjones222 Oct 1, 2010

    I am very distraught about this tragedy; Daniel Alvarez (Danny) was a sweet young man who I have known since he was in kindergarten. Danny was the best friend of my son (Joseph). Although Danny was living in Atlanta during this tragedy he grew up in the North East Section of the Bronx. My heart goes out to both families, my condolences. RIP Danny wife Natalie Owens and their children one year old Ariela and Zacharia. Ezekiel, I pray you have a complete recovery.

  • twc Sep 30, 2010

    I have thought about those canals along the road many times. Running off the road, blown out tire, anything like that could send you upside down into one of those canals. Then there is absolutely nothing you can do; all the doors and windows would be blocked.

    What a horrible way to die!

    Maybe they could add cable barriers or guardrails beside those canals.

  • UPTOP Sep 30, 2010

    My prayers are with the families !!

  • jbrown100 Sep 30, 2010

    all 5 have past...just terrible and sad situation...slow down!

  • sumpinlikedat Sep 30, 2010

    Wow. That really, really sucks.

    Yet another reason why if the roads are wet, even if it's not raining, SLOW THE HECK DOWN.