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Woman, son in hospital after Fayetteville wreck

Posted August 30, 2012

— A woman and her 11-year-old son were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Wednesday afternoon after a wreck at the intersection of Tom Starling Road and Corporation Drive in Fayetteville, state Highway Patrol officials said. 

According to investigators, Jennifer Ann Sylvester was driving an Animal Control truck along the road around 5 p.m. when she failed to yield and hit the car carrying the woman and her son. 

Sylvester, who wasn't injured, was charged with failure to yield the right of way. 

The woman was still in critical condition early Thursday, but her son's conditioned had improved to good. 

No other information about the wreck was available.


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  • ashcash21 Aug 31, 2012

    That is a HORRIBLE intersection. Just a couple of weeks ago a 34 year old man was killed when- like in this story- someone ELSE failed to yield. She came out unharmed, and so did her two young passengers, but the person who wasn't doing anything wrong was killed. How many more people have to die at this intersection before the county/city/state do something? Put in a stop light, add those bumps to the road that get the driver's attention and write "stop ahead" in the road.

  • Diva RN Aug 30, 2012

    Last I heard, Moses Cone is not. There are six in the state: UNC, Duke, WakeMed Raleigh, Pitt, Baptist, and Carolinas in Charlotte. Moses Cone may be a level II. Often trauma victims are taken to the nearest hospital, then transported to a Level I if it is determined that their injuries are too severe or complex for that hospital to care for.

  • jblake1932 Aug 30, 2012

    No kidding, she was driving "along" the road? Where else would she be driving? Great reporting!

  • paradiselost Aug 30, 2012

    Moses Cone and New Hanover Regional, Wilmington, are designated as level ll trauma centers.

  • paradiselost Aug 30, 2012

    Negative on the trauma care for Cape Fear Valley. It is not a level 1 trauma care center. The closest being UNC and Pitt memorial. I believe Moses Cone in Greensboro to be a level 1 trauma care facility as well.

  • smalldogsrule Aug 30, 2012

    I wonder why they took her to a Cape Fear instead of flying her to a trauma center?

    Well, for one thing, they might not have been traumatically injured.

    and for two, Cape Fear is a level 1 trauma center.

  • Unslaved Aug 30, 2012

    "....Animal Control truck...failed to yield"

    I believe it. Just a few weeks ago, I witnessed a dog catcher run a light redder than a tongue on a dog at the Tom Starling/Hwy 87 intersection.

  • ma23kids Aug 30, 2012

    People turning from the side road onto Tom Starling NEVER stop and look.

  • flack222 Aug 30, 2012

    I wonder why they took her to a Cape Fear instead of flying her to a trauma center?

  • dirkdiggler Aug 30, 2012

    i wonder what this woman was doing that she was too busy to stop for a stop sign. it's too bad the people at fault are rarely the ones who end up suffering the consequences of their actions.