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Woman dies in Goldsboro collision

Posted May 13, 2009

— Two people were injured and one killed Tuesday in a wreck on U.S. Highway 117 near Old Mt. Olive Highway outside of Goldsboro.

State Trooper Jason Edwards said Sheilena Brown, 29, of Goldsboro, attempted to turn left onto Mt. Olive Highway and lost control, hitting a tractor-trailer. Her passenger, Annette Gail Grantham, 23, was ejected from the car and died at the scene. Brown and her child, Shakayla James, 2, were injured and taken to Pitt Memorial Hospital.

None of the passengers in Brown's car were wearing seat belts, Edwards said, and Shakayla was not properly restrained in a child seat.

The driver of the truck, Melvin Evans Jr., of Wilmington was not hurt. A third car was damaged when the windshield of Brown's car popped out and hit it. No one else was injured.

Edwards said charges against Brown are pending, based upon the recovery of her child.


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  • her3me24 May 15, 2009

    Soooo...not bucklling your child is a mistake...NO, buckling your child is the LAW! There are free carseats availble if you cannot afford one and you can stop by any firestation or police station and have them assist you in putting it in correctly if you do not know how. The information and assistance is out there...if you dont have "time" or you "just didnt do it" that is not a mistake, that is pure laziness and NEGLECT of your child.

    and as for the "ejection probably saved the childs life" you do not know that. And let me also tell you that the website does not list the number of people SAVED because they were wearing their seatbelt.

    There was a woman here in Goldsboro last year that lost control of her SUV and had she been wearing her seatbelt then her head would not have been crushe when she was ejected and the car rolled on top of her....

  • mmafighterwife May 14, 2009

    My heart goes out to the family!

  • Seeminglyopposed May 14, 2009

    Seatbelts probably would have taken the lives of all of these people if you go to the link that was given by one of the posters. The baby was probably saved by being ejected. This car was demolished.

    We really never know, we like all other people can only say what we think will save us or what we think because we have worked the so-called EMT and we have seen. Believers say God, and I am believer, I and my 3 year old cousin was a survivor in a deadly car crash. I was in the front, she in the back, my grandmother was in the front and was killed. So nobody knows, you all post because you think you know.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM May 14, 2009

    Pretty sure not buckling in your child is not a mistake, mistakes are unavoidable, what's unavoidable about not caring enough to buckle your child in? Especially if you're going to be driving on a highway... feel bad for the child, not the egg carrier.

  • BruiserB May 13, 2009

    Hey seeminglyopposed, my daughter was born in 1984, I had to have a car seat and the nurse had to strap her in before she was released from the hospital. Yes, car seats have been around for years. As a former EMT/firefighter, I've seen what happens to unrestrained occupants invovled in MVAs. My question is why did she make a sudden right turn from the left turn lane apparently without looking. I go through this intersection every day. I've seen many accidents there. There was another fatallity there not long ago.

  • teacher-mom May 13, 2009

    My sympathy to the family and friends. I hope the little boy survives.

  • jackadoo May 13, 2009

    What? A fatal wreck, and no mention of alcohol, must be a mistake like the motorcycle GI killed yesterday on I-40. The reality is that most fatal accidents are caused by negligence and poor driving. For the Mom not to have the child safely in a car seat is inexcusable. This was no "accident". I'm pulling for the child to make it. It is hard to have any sympathy for the others.

  • Sweet Butterfly Kisses May 13, 2009

    I saw this wreck yesterday, and it was terrible...

    Hoping the child and mother recover..

  • carolinagal78 May 13, 2009

    This is a sad story! My heart goes out to the famalies involved. My fiance is a police officer. It makes him so mad when we're out & about and he sees children not properly restrained. Why take chances? Parents even let kids sit in their laps. Parents need to be more responsible. It's one thing if you want to disobey the law but children don't have a say in the matter.

  • boingc May 13, 2009

    "I am sure this young lady that died was a close friend and this woman is grieving. EVERYONE makes mistakes."

    Failure to buckle your seat belt and properly restrain your child is not a "mistake." It's negligence, pure and simple.