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Toddler dies after Cumberland County wreck

Posted January 1, 2009 8:32 p.m. EST

— A 2-year-old boy died on Thursday from injuries sustained during a New Year's Eve car wreck, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center officials said.

Derrick Lamar McBryde was injured in the wreck on N.C. Highway 87 near Blossom Road. He was in a car seat in the backseat of a vehicle traveling slowly on Highway 87 north when a second car rear-ended it. The collision knocked both cars to into the median, officials said.

The impact of the crash sent the child's seat into the front seat of the car.

Derrick’s mother, Renee Evans, was the driver of the first vehicle. She and two other passengers, including the boy's grandfather, were taken to Cape Fear Valley for treatment. No information was available about their conditions.

The driver of the second vehicle, Robin Johnson, was also transported to Cape Fear Valley for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. She was the only person in that vehicle.

Charges are pending, officials said.