LAURINBURG, N.C. — Two adults and a 6-month-old baby were killed in a head-on crash with a Bennettsville teen driver accused of passing in a no-passing zone Monday.
North Carolina state troopers say 17-year-old Timonte W. Purvis of Bennettsville, South Carolina was driving a green GMC Sierra pickup truck into oncoming traffic.
Purvis’s truck smashed into a Honda Accord sedan around 2:50 p.m. on the eastbound shoulder of N.C. 79 near Laurinburg when both vehicles ran off the road to avoid the collision, according to Lt. Jeff Gordon of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
The car’s driver, 23-year-old Miesha Monay Flowers of Gibson, North Carolina, front-seat passenger Jamel Quick, 21, and Flowers’ son, 6-month-old Omarion Flowers, who was in the back seat, all suffered fatal injuries in the crash.
Flowers died at the scene from her injuries and her baby died shortly after arriving at Scotland Memorial Hospital in Laurinburg. Quick was pronounced dead at Sandhills Regional Medical Center in Hamlet.
Purvis sustained “serious but non-life-threatening injuries” in the crash.
Gordon said Purvis was “improperly passing several vehicles in a designated no-passing zone” and was traveling about 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.
Troopers planned to meet with prosecutors in the Scotland County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether Purvis will face charges in the fatal crash. No charges had been filed early Wednesday.
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