Deadly Holiday Weekend On Roads

By: Tom Skinner
By: Tom Skinner

A grandmother and two grandchildren traveling from Massachusetts to Florida are among at least 20 people killed in traffic accidents in North Carolina during the Thanksgiving travel period.

Patrol spokesman Lieutenant Everett Clendenin says he wouldn't be surprised if that number increased because Sunday's numbers are
preliminary.

A final count is due out Monday afternoon.

The number is already higher than in 2006, when 11 died during the long holiday weekend.

The state Highway Patrol says Judith Perry Days was driving the
family's minivan south on Interstate 95 near Benson when she hit a
mile marker sign and overcorrected, causing the minivan to roll over.

Days, 15-year-old Jessica Harper and 4-year-old William Harper died at the scene., Three other passengers, including Days' husband and her daughter, who is the children's mother survived the crash. They were released from Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn on Sunday morning.

The patrol says the family had left Massachusetts for their homes in Ocala, Fla., Saturday morning and Days had just taken the wheel at the Virginia line from her husband.


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