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Woman fleeing Irene killed in Nash wreck

Posted August 26, 2011

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— A Manteo woman evacuating from the coast ahead of Hurricane Irene died late Thursday when her SUV flipped in Nash County, authorities said.

Bertha Marcial Gonzalez, 33, was westbound on U.S. Highway 64 when her 1999 Ford Explorer hit a wooden pallet on the highway just east of N.C. Highway 231 at about 11:20 p.m., authorities said. She lost control of the vehicle, which rolled several times before coming to a stop.

One passenger was thrown from the SUV, authorities said. That person was airlifted to WakeMed in Raleigh, but his or her condition was unknown.

Three other passengers also were taken to WakeMed for treatment, but their conditions were unknown.

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  • fayncmike Aug 29, 2011

    "TO BAD THESE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT SECURE THEIR LOADS OR TRASH CAN'T BE CHARGE WITH MURDER....IF IT IS ON YOUR TRUCK TIE IT DOWN OR IS THAT TO MUCH FOR YOU PEOPLE TO DO?????????
    delilahk2000"

    Too bar the media, who hyped the dickens out of the whole affair can't be charged with murder too.

    By the way, why are you shouting? You may not be aware of it but typing in all caps is considered shouting.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 26, 2011

    It may be speculation on the news part that she was evacuating... As for the pallet, the fine is failure to secure a load.... Sorry this happen to them. ya'll be careful out there.

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Aug 26, 2011

    I pray for the family. trying to escape one tragedy only to have another one happen. whoever the pallet belonged to is responsible. granted she probably could have slowed to avoid it, but people really need to tie down their loads.

  • twc Aug 26, 2011

    Hopefully, they can find whoever is responsible for the pallet and burn 'em one!

  • hangontight Aug 26, 2011

    I hope the "official statistics" after this weather event is all over don't attribute the death of this unfortunate woman to the hurricane.
    davidk_at_unc

    Why wouldn't they though? She was evacuating because of Irene and wouldn't have been where she was otherwise. Just my opinion. Thoughts and prayers going out to her family.

  • delilahk2000 Aug 26, 2011

    TO BAD THESE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT SECURE THEIR LOADS OR TRASH CAN'T BE CHARGE WITH MURDER....IF IT IS ON YOUR TRUCK TIE IT DOWN OR IS THAT TO MUCH FOR YOU PEOPLE TO DO?????????

  • davidk_at_unc Aug 26, 2011

    I hope the "official statistics" after this weather event is all over don't attribute the death of this unfortunate woman to the hurricane.

  • Bill of Rights Aug 26, 2011

    The good old Ford Exploder ...

  • Yellow Rider Aug 26, 2011

    Those "safe" SUVs are notorious for rolling over.

  • Scubagirl Aug 26, 2011

    So sad and unfortunately the person who REALLY caused this will never be found.

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