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Woman dies in I-85 wreck

Posted July 10, 2009

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— A 63-year-old Pennsylvania woman died after a car carrying her and six relatives flipped over on Interstate 85 in Vance County Friday morning.

The car flipped over several times, ejecting two people, at the junction with U.S. Highway 1 in Henderson around 7:30 a.m., state troopers said.

The two people who were ejected were taken to WakeMed in Raleigh. The other five were taken to Mariah Parham Medical Center in Henderson, where the 63-year-old woman died. Updated conditions of the other victims weren't available.

Troopers charged Tanya Richardson, 45, of Norristown, Pa., with reckless driving.

They initially believed she fell asleep at the wheel, but after further investigation said they aren't sure she did.

Richardson told troopers that she swerved to avoid a small white car, then over-corrected, causing her car to flip over.

The family was traveling to visit family in North Carolina.


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  • angora2 Jul 10, 2009

    Psychobabble, that girl's father was the first person to say, "She'd be right here with us if she'd been wearing her seatbelt."

  • LocalYokel Jul 10, 2009

    I'm praying for people to use seatbelts and not drive while they are sleep impaired.

  • cth1 Jul 10, 2009

    I'm praying for the injured and their families!!

  • anonemoose Jul 10, 2009

    It's the roads fault, just like the intersection in Cary is responsible for that girl's death. Not wearing a seat belt had nothing to do with it.

  • dhamma Jul 10, 2009

    3 Words No excuses WEAR YOUR SEATBELT

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 10, 2009

    I'm sure the article will be updated to say the three ejected from the vehicle were not buckled.