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Woman struck while pushing car from Person County road

Posted February 21, 2012

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— A 25-year-old Durham woman was killed Monday night when a car struck her from behind on U.S. Highway 158 outside of Roxboro.

The driver, 18-year-old David Winstead, initially left the scene, but returned later with relatives, according to the state Highway Patrol.

Charges against him are pending.

Troopers said Winstead hit Eva Maria Cook while she and her sister were trying to push their broken-down car out of the road around 10:20 p.m.

Cook's sister was not hurt.


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  • truly10acious Feb 23, 2012

    Eva was my cousin there is alot of information that was not disclosed in the article. She is the mother a beautiful two yr old boy. She was in school, and had aspiration for her life. When her sister, father, my mother, a familt friend and I went to the crash sight to put a memorial there the cars were flying by us then in broad day light! there is no side winds in the rd it is a straight-a-way path. their headlights and flashers were on. her sister said she never saw brake lights. this is truely a sad time for our family and she is going to be missed. RIP EVA MARIE COOK!

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Feb 22, 2012

    To try to simplify, when your headlights first illuminate an object in front of you, do you still have time to stop?

    Is the distance you can see ahead greater than your stopping distance? In most cases 60mph is probably to fast depending on just your headlights on a dark road. It's because there aren't often road obstructions that really stop you that most of us have been lucky.

  • Bewildered Feb 22, 2012

    Such a tradegy. So sad for everyone involved. The loss of a young woman with a small child and the young man that lives with this thought that he is responsible. Yes he should all be more mindful drivers, it was a tragic accident and a huge loss for family and ones that knew and loved her. Prayers to the family and loved ones of all.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 22, 2012

    @robbyh, it's physics coupled with Driver Education.

    Your headlights only illuminate a fixed distance past the front of your vehicle, no matter how fast you drive. You should always drive slow enough, regardless of the maximum speed limit, to be able to react to something in front of your vehicle and stop safely. If you cannot, you are driving too fast. Factors includes sight distance (fog, rain, light, dark), weather conditions (dry, wet, ice), vehicle size and condition (giant SUV, bald tires, imperfect brakes, brand new Ferrari in perfect condition), etc.

    As you increase in speed, the time you have to react to avoid a collision is reduced. This is the same reason that many maximum speed limits are lower in areas with twisting roads, multiple intersections, etc.

    Make sense? :-)

  • jentastics Feb 22, 2012

    Rebelyell55: You're exactly right, and I know she had to have had her hazard lights on! How do you miss that?!

  • robbyh Feb 22, 2012

    but it don't give anyone the right to drive faster than the extent of their headlights and ability to react.
    WHAT? I'm not sure i quite understand that,How can you out run your headlights?

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 22, 2012

    This is sad, it's made worse by the guy leaving the scene. He may of came back, but the damage was already done. I know it was dark, but it don't give anyone the right to drive faster than the extent of their headlights and ability to react.

  • 007KnightRider Feb 22, 2012

    So sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • jentastics Feb 21, 2012

    Her name is Eva Marie Cook and she was a beautiful person and a wonderful mother!

  • Shandiggie1976 Feb 21, 2012

    how sad