Family mourns siblings killed at Craven County intersection

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - An Eastern Carolina family is mourning the loss of two siblings who were killed in a car accident on Thursday.

16-year-old Samantha Anderson and 4-year-old Angel Nichols died when the driver of the car they were in ran the stop sign at Nelson Rd. and River Rd. in Craven County. An oncoming tractor trailer hit the car.

Angel's twin brother, Edward, their mother, Sherri Nichols, and the driver, Pamela Tello were also injured in the crash. Tello is a family friend.

Anderson's boyfriend, Jordi Ramirez, says he was driving his car right behind the family when the accident happened.

"I got out of the car running, i went to her car, the first thing I saw was Angel, the little twin, and he was gagging for air...I saw Edward and I took Edward out. He was crying and then I went to the front of the car and I saw Samantha on the floor." he said.

The victims' older brother, Pete Anderson, says "Samantha was sweet, she was outgoing, she was very smart, and she was just a very nice and loving person...at any point in time, you could feel down and she could just walk in the room and brighten up everything."

Ramirez says it is a day he'll never forget.

"She [Samantha] basically meant everything to me. I really loved her," he said.

Anderson says something needs to be done to prevent more tragedy at this intersection, where another woman was killed about two weeks ago.

"I hope they get some caution lights or something that could help save another person's life," he said.

4-year-old Edward Nichols has been released from the hospital and family says his mom, Sherri Nichols is expected to be released tonight.

Hospital officials say Tello is in good condition, but no word on when she'll be released.

Troopers say charges have yet to be filed in the case.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.


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Two people, ages 16 and 4, were killed in what neighbors say is a dangerous intersection in Craven County.

The Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 10:45 a.m. Thurdsay at River Road and Nelson Road, outside of Vanceboro.

Killed was Samantha Anderson, 16, and Angel Nichols, 4, both of Dover.

The two were in a car driven by Pamela Tello, 38, of Chocowinity, and troopers say she didn't yield at a stop sign. The woman's car was hit by an oncoming tractor trailer, according to the Highway Patrol.

Tello, and two other passengers in her car, Sherri Nichols, 40, and Edward Nichols, 4, were all sent to Vidant Medical Center.

An aunt says Angel and Edward were twin brothers, while Sherri Nichols is their mother. Edward and his mother remain hospitalized, according to the aunt.

A gofundme account has been set up by the Anderson family to help with funeral expenses.

Troopers say no charges have yet been filed in the crash.

Just 12 days ago, a Belhaven woman was killed when troopers say her daughter ran a stop sign at the same intersection and hit another vehicle.

Those that live in the neighborhood say the stop sign on Nelson Road is hard to see and want the DOT to consider putting up better signs or blinking lights at the intersection.


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Two more people have died at what residents say is a dangerous intersection in Craven County.

The latest deadly crash at River Road and Nelson Road outside of Vanceboro happened around 10:45 a.m. this morning.

Troopers say two people in a car were killed, while several others were injured in the crash which also involved a tractor trailer.

1st Sgt. Kevin Rock says the car on Nelson Road failed to yield to the tractor trailer which was traveling on River Road.

Back on February 4th, a Belhaven woman was killed when troopers say her daughter ran a stop sign at the intersection and hit another vehicle.

Those that live in the neighborhood say the stop sign on Nelson Road is hard to see and want the DOT to consider putting up better signs or blinking lights at the intersection.




 
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