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Woman dies in crash involving Highway Patrol cruiser

Posted December 30, 2016

— A Sanford woman died Friday morning when she crashed into the back of a State Highway Patrol cruiser on U.S. Highway 1 in southwest Wake County, authorities said.

Troopers were investigating a crash on northbound U.S. 1 near New Hill Holleman Road that occurred shortly before 8 a.m. involving a truck with a cherry picker on top and a passenger car. About two hours later, southbound traffic was moving slowly, and Brianna Lee Vann, 23, swerved to avoid hitting traffic in front of her, authorities said.

"They were both in the slow lane, so when she swerved, she actually swerved into the left lane to avoid striking the vehicle that had slowed in front of her," said Sgt. Michael Baker of the Highway Patrol.

Vann's 2003 Toyota Camry went onto the median and back across both lanes of southbound traffic before slamming into a Highway Patrol SUV that was parked on the shoulder of the road, authorities said. No one was inside the SUV at the time.

Southbound lanes of U.S. 1 were closed until the early afternoon. One northbound lane was open by noon.

Two people suffered serious injuries in the crash on northbound U.S. 1, but authorities said the injuries weren't life-threatening.

"Our hearts go out to the families involved," Baker said. "I cannot imagine myself what the family is going through. Anything we can do to assist them during this grieving process, the Highway Patrol will do so."


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  • Kierstyn Myers Jan 1, 2017
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    If anyone would like to try to help out the family, they've started a youcaring to help pay for the funeral and to help pay for the very bills of the puppy who was in the vehicle with her at the time of the crash. The youcaring link is listed below:


  • Heather Carpenter-Moore Dec 30, 2016
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    But..... Seriously!
    SMDH You need a lesson in compassion!

  • Heather Carpenter-Moore Dec 30, 2016
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    I am absolutely SICK at reading peoples comments! Are you seriously that holy than though to have anything but compassion right now!!!! This was a 23 old girl! A daughter! A sister! WTH is wrong with everyone!
    She was not texting and yes I know that first hand!
    If you dont have anything but compassion for this absolutely tragic accident you need to get on your knees and pray for forgiveness because I will tell you one thing you will not be so quick to judge if this was your family!
    Yall should be ashamed of yourselves!
    Peace and prayers to the Vann family!

  • Sara Hauser Dec 30, 2016
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    Regardless of what she may or may not have done ,she lost her life. Can we work on our compassion skills please??

  • Jim Dunn Dec 30, 2016
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    She wasn't pay attention and looking where she was going. maybe texting.

    There are no short sight distances on US1 in that area. You can see a half mile or more in front of yourself at all times.

    At least she didn't hurt anyone other than herself.

  • Reggie Berryman Dec 30, 2016
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    The speed limit is 70, but 85-90 is the norm!

  • Edward Anderson Dec 30, 2016
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    How fast must she have been moving to cross the median and both lanes of traffic then hit the trooper hard enough to kill herself? SMH. Sympathy for her family and friends, but....

  • Dennis Midkiff Dec 30, 2016
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    Why do people suddenly forget how to drive when they see flashing blue lights? Or did they not know how to drive in the first place? Texting?