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Wife mourns death of Smithfield crash victim

Posted October 22, 2012 8:41 p.m. EDT
Updated October 22, 2012 11:35 p.m. EDT

— A Smithfield woman who lost her husband of 32 years in a crash Sunday night says she's relying on faith to cope with the tragedy.

"I love the Lord. He's going to carry me through," said Nancy Rose, whose husband Ralph Lee Rose, 84, died in a crash at the intersection of Buffalo Road and U.S. Highway 70 in Johnston County.

Ralph Rose's pickup truck was facing west on Highway 70 when a motorcycle, traveling north on Buffalo Road, crashed into it, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. All three people involved in the crash – Ralph Rose, motorcycle driver Rickey Perry Mooneyhan and motorcycle rider Jennifer Sabato – were killed. 

Troopers said the crash is still under investigation, but it appeared that Ralph Rose failed to yield and that Mooneyhan was speeding.

Nancy Rose said Monday that her husband had just dropped off his great-grandson and eaten dinner with family before heading toward home around 7:20 p.m.

Ralph Rose, his wife said, worked for the state for more than three decades before retiring. With his free time, he enjoyed working on race cars.

Neighbors of Mooneyhan and Sabato, who lived together in Selma, said the two were dating and were nice people who enjoyed motorcycles. Sabato leaves behind a young daughter.