Victims Identified in Fatal Farmers Market Crash
Posted September 8, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — In an instant, the State Farmers Market was plunged into chaos Saturday when a car plowed into an automatic teller machine, killing a toddler and seriously injuring her father.
The victims have been identified as Magdalene Horoszewicz, who would have been 2 years old on Sept. 27, and her father Peter, 29. Her father is in serious but stable condition atWakeMed. The family lives on Moorhaven Drive in southern Wake County.
Police say Bernadette Carrington, 25, appeared to panic after her car jumped a curb around 1:15 p.m. She put the car in reverse, they say, and went forward again, plowing into the ATM. The child was in the stroller when she was hit.
"Then I called for help, and we lifted the car back," said Billy Moon, who saw the accident.
Several people in the busy lunchtime crowd rushed to help the victims. They had to push the car off the sidewalk to free the man and the toddler.
Magdalene was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Carrington was taken to Rex Hospital in Raleigh for minor injuries.
"This is one of the worst accidents that I've seen," says Lt. E.E. Cole of the State Capitol Police Department. Because the farmers market is on state property, State Capitol police responded along with Raleigh police.
Investigators were on the scene for hours, but it may be some time before they know exactly what happened. They plan to examine the ATM's surveillance tape to see if any of the accident was taped.
Police say they may call inHighway Patrolinvestigators who examined a March accident in which one boy was killed an six were injured whena minivan backed into studentsstanding outside Smithfield Middle School.
"All you can do is pray for the family at this point," Cole said.
Police planned to meet with Wake County's district attorney about possibly filing charges. andKay Miller