NEW INFO: Two Women Killed In Fiery Crash Identified

Police have now released the names of two young women killed in a fiery crash late Tuesday night.

Killed was the driver, 20-year-old Kirsten McDonald of Morehead City and passenger, 20-year-old Ashlyn Morrow on Pine Knoll Shores.

The crash happened around 11:00 p.m. on Business Drive in Morehead City.

Police say the 2000 Volvo erupted in flames in a matter of seconds and that the two women were trapped. Two backseat passengers, 18-year-old Anthony Hester II and 17-year-old Alvin Hester, ran from the scene. Police say they were later interviewed at Carteret General Hospital.

Speed was a factor in the crash, according to police. They are waiting on toxicology reports to determine if there were any other factors in this fatal crash.


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A make-shift memorial has been set up where two people died in a fiery crash Tuesday night.

Major Garland Terry with the Morehead City Police Department says the single-vehicle wreck happened around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday on Business Drive, near Miller Farm Road.

Witnesses tell police they heard the crash. When they looked outside they saw the vehicle on fire.

Police say speed was a factor. They also confirm there were two men in the backseat of the vehicle who ran from the accident. The two went to Carteret General Hospital, where police have spoken to them.

The names of the victims have not been released by police at this time.


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  • by sister Location: nc on Mar 17, 2012 at 08:45 PM
    my sister kirsten mcdonald was in this adccident i will love her forever ! she was my best sister !
  • by Sad on Mar 11, 2012 at 06:48 AM
    Sorry for their life but I'm surprise WITN didn't post up the girls "mugshots" if they have any. That's what they would do if they was black. Sorry to say,I'm so sick of this site. Even WITN IS RACIST! Rather then wait to get a picture from the family, like you did in this case or got it off Facebook, you go pull the first mugshot you can find. Shame on you, be fair, that's all I'm saying.
  • by it just did Location: havelock on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:59 AM
    It's always easier to point to blame at others when you are an outsider looking in. The only people who know what really happened at that one horrific moment are those involved. Finding fault with a road, the driver, the passengers doesn't change what happened. What would I have done in that situation? I can't answer that and nor could any of you, you were not there. The mind reacts differently when trauma comes in to play so please stop pointing fingers. Let the healing begin.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 05:52 AM
    what were they doing out there at that time of night?
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      by DoWhat? on Mar 9, 2012 at 07:46 AM in reply to
      What kind of question is this? They were out, that's all. Not everybody goes to bed at 8:00. That in itself does not have a sinister meaning.
  • by So Very Sad... Location: ENC on Mar 8, 2012 at 11:14 PM
    Dear, sweet Jesus, please give strength and blessings to all who were involved in this tragedy. I do not know the individuals involved or the circumstances. I do know that this is a horrific accident that no parent should have to endure. I am so sorry....
  • by g-man Location: greenville on Mar 8, 2012 at 05:23 PM
    so happy the two boys get out ,and got them same help
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      by newport on Mar 10, 2012 at 07:50 AM in reply to g-man
      those 2 boys didnt get them some help they got out and fled the scene only when they showed up at the hospital for themselves were they questioned cant you read as far as i am concerned those 2 boys should have stayed in the car if they didnt help those 2 poor girls---that could have been your daughter in that car---what were those 2 boys running from????
  • by A mother on Mar 8, 2012 at 02:57 PM
    So sad--- My heart and prayers go out to the families of all involved. This is my and all other parents' worst nightmare!!!
  • by Karen Pearce Location: Durham NC on Mar 8, 2012 at 01:48 PM
    I am from Durham and my 18 yr old son and his best friend was killed in a tragic car accident at Harkers Island on August 28, 2010. My sons girlfriend and her best friend were in the back seat and injured. They are scarred for life mentally and emotionally. My life, my ex husbands life , my sons friends family and all our family and our kids friends will never get over the devastation in our lives due to the accident. I would suggest that people just keep their opinions to themselves and pray for the families -- all involved. You never know until you have lived this life how you would feel. The loss is pain enough you do not need other people adding to your grief and pain due to their opinions. In the end - 2 lives are gone and many lives are changed FOREVER! There was no fault in our accident and even if it was it does not change anything. I had to bury my son and my world ended that night. Never once have i thought of placing blame on anyone.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Mar 8, 2012 at 03:38 PM in reply to Karen Pearce
      God bless you, and keep you.
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        by A Mom on Mar 8, 2012 at 07:09 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
        It is unimaginable what you must feel every day. God bless you.
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          by Karen on Mar 9, 2012 at 08:37 AM in reply to A Mom
          It is beyond imgination and something I pray every day now that no parent ever has to deal with. Unfortunatly some will and when they do they have to have hope and friends and the love of God to get them thru each day. I have wanted to die a 1000 times over just to stop the pain and be with my son. But we have to live and be there to help others in this same situation. It is a one day at a time life. Thanks!
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        by Karen on Mar 9, 2012 at 08:35 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
        Thank you so very much -- every day is hard, you want to die, you want to run away and you want to change what happened so bad. There are many "what ifs". Life can be short and it can be changed in a 2nd. I say now to all parents and kids - dont sweat the small stuff that is not the worst -- Death is permanent --gone from this earth forever. I pray they have a good support system bc they will need it and I pray they have the hope that i know that they will see their babies again even though that does not stop the pain bc we want them here with us.
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          by Formerly O.L.I. on Mar 9, 2012 at 03:26 PM in reply to Karen
          Karen, our son/family lost one of his close friends in an horrific accident too; years ago, his car collided with the side of a log truck that was backing into the driver's driveway, in his own neighborhood. It sheared the top off the teens' car. It happened the day after Thanksgiving. His parents still suffer from the trauma. We fully understand the pain, and pray for all parents who lose their children in an untimely fashion.
  • by gypsy's gmama Location: enc on Mar 8, 2012 at 01:27 PM
    The only thing more sad than this tragic loss are the inconsiderate posts that had to be deleted. What has humanity come to? So rude. Whats wrong with people, they are children! Prayers to the families.
  • by My opinion... on Mar 8, 2012 at 01:12 PM
    RIP two beautiful girls. My heart goes out to the two young men in the car and all the families involved. Wish I had the right words to say to ease the pain.
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