Grandmother Killed In Craven County Crash, Grandson Survives

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

The Craven County Highway Patrol says a woman was killed Friday night as she was driving on Highway 70 with her 4 year old grandson in the vehicle.

Troopers say 63-year-old Melba Lipford was killed when her gray Mercury Mountaineer was rear ended by a GMC SUV about 8:35 p.m. Friday on Highway 70 between the Clarks Road and Tuscarora Rhems exits. The vehicles were headed west on Highway 70. Troopers say Lipford's grandson was in a child seat and survived the crash with no injuries, even though the vehicle was pushed off the road into the woods.

Troopers say the three people in the GMC SUV had no major injuries. The crash is still under investigation and no one has been charged yet.


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  • by mcds girl Location: snow hill on Jan 17, 2012 at 06:44 PM
    Im sure gonna miss Mrs.Melba,she came to mcdonalds often to get her grandson some lunch and her a sweet tea with lemons,just heard about her death from her daughter Brittney and was shocked that i teared up up didnt know what to think...my prayers are with this family and may Mrs.Melba rest in peace <3
  • by Michael A. Smith II Location: Belhaven, NC on Jan 2, 2012 at 07:17 PM
    I am so sorry to hear of the Lipford family's loss! I also lost my grandfather at about 4yrs. old. Spend much time with the child to help them live with fond memories of the grandmother! But, we shouldn't pass judgement upon someone elses competence or abilities if we weren't in either of the vehicles and I also feel sorry for the people in the GMC. Thats something that will also have to be lived with! It's a terrible tradegy for everyone involved!
  • by mika on Jan 1, 2012 at 09:37 AM
    Sooo sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Even though I don't know the family, my heart goes out to them. Stay strong and keep the faith.
  • by LInda Location: Greenville on Dec 31, 2011 at 08:01 PM
    I am so sorry for the loss this family has suffered. Please make sure the little one talks with someone to help him/her deal with their Grandmothers loss. I have a four year old grandchild and I know the devastation she would feel if something happened to me. I will be praying for all of this family.
  • by wow on Dec 31, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    that sux.
  • by Jessica Location: Greensboro on Dec 31, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    Please keep this family in your prayers. The eldest of the Lipford children passed away at 41 years old December 2nd with cancer, and now Melba. It has been a very hard December for this family and your prayers of comfort and strength are needed.
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on Dec 31, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    My previous comment was in reference to psychology l0l and reflects how I think the brain works. Not an expert. Sorry about the loss.
  • by laura Location: greenville on Dec 31, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    Prayers to the families, and I'm glad to hear the baby was okay. This is a great example for parents/grandparents/caregivers- take the extra time to tether in your carseats well, make sure your children are snug in their seats and seated in the backseat. Don't let kids under 8 do their own seatbelts without an adult checking behind them. It doesn't matter what kind of car you drive, the most important safety feature when it comes to kids is the carseat.
  • by 40some on Dec 31, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    Terrible for all involved, especially the little one. Wonder why she slowed or stopped? Out of gas or problem with the vehicle?
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      by jonathan (smoke) stevenson on Jan 1, 2012 at 08:21 AM in reply to 40some
      who said she stopped or slowed???....I'm melba's and Earls son in law and went right to the scene with my wife. Melba was following Earl at about 60 mph when the other vehicle rear ended her because he wasnt paying attention..i.e. (digging in his console)....causing Melba to lose control......we are all pierced with loss and sorrow so much more than u know.....just wanted the record straight....love and prayers.....(smoke)
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        by 40some on Jan 1, 2012 at 01:23 PM in reply to jonathan (smoke) stevenson
        John, think I read that in the Jacksonville Daily. So sorry for your family man. You guys are in my heart and prayers. I know how hard it is for the wife losing her mother. Be there and be supportive of the wife in years and holidays to come. Loved and lost my mom-n-law 8 years ago. See the tears every christmas.
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        by So sorry.... on Jan 1, 2012 at 06:04 PM in reply to jonathan (smoke) stevenson
        Smoke, I'm so very sorry for you and your families' loss. I think someone was just posing the question about slowing down, so don't take offense. Prayers go out for all that you have endured.....Kristin
  • by Angela Location: Havelock on Dec 31, 2011 at 12:32 PM
    My prayers go out for the Lipford family.Such a sinceless and needless waste of Gods' child.People need to be more aware when they are driving!No wonder they want to pass laws against being distracted.Learn to slow down People, you'll get there when you get there.Being in a hurry no justification for taking a savored life. God be with your family and may Mrs. Lipford rest in peace and get to meet her Savior!
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