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10-year-old girl killed in crash on I-40 in Garner

Posted July 17, 2018 5:38 p.m. EDT
Updated July 18, 2018 8:11 a.m. EDT

— A 10-year-old girl on her way to the Great Wolf Lodge was killed Tuesday afternoon in a crash on Interstate 40 in Garner.

Highway Patrol troopers said David Joiner, of Clinton, was driving west on I-40 near White Oak Road at about 12:40 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, which overturned several times.

Authorities said Joiner’s 10-year-old daughter, Gloria Joiner, who was in the front passenger’s seat of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gloria Joiner

Two others in the vehicle were taken to WakeMed with serious, but non-life threatening injuries while two more were treated for minor injuries. Among them was Gloria's brother, Jonathan Joiner, who suffered a broken arm.

David Joiner is a teacher at the New Life Christian Academy, and his church family was at the hospital Tuesday night, shocked about what happened.

"We're a close-knit church family, and I've watched her grow up. Her daddy's tore up real bad," Deacon Brad Byars said.

Troopers said a mechanical issue involving a tire caused Joiner to lose control of the vehicle. No charges are expected in the crash, authorities said.

Byars said the church will be organizing fundraisers and a prayer vigil in the next few days. A Go Fund Me page was established to help pay for Gloria's funeral costs and the medical expenses of others in the accident.