TROOPERS: Woman Killed After Running Stop Sign

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Troopers said a woman ran a stop sign not far from her home on Saturday morning when she was killed.

The Highway Patrol says the accident happened around 9:25 AM Saturday at the intersection of Burncoat and Bill Sutton roads, nearly 15 miles northeast of Kenansville in Duplin County. They say 36-year-old Betsy Howard of Deep Run was killed

Investigators said the woman ran a stop sign on Burncoat Road, when the driver's side of her 2006 Kia was hit. Her vehicle ran off to the right and struck a ditch.

Troopers said the pick-up truck, driven by 40-year-old Rene Saucedo of Albertson, ran off to the left, hit a ditch, and flipped over. Inside were the man, his wife, and four children. 38-year-old Maria Saucedo was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center, while her husband and four children were taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston.

Troopers said of the 14, 13, 11, and 9-year old children traveling in the truck, the 9-year-old suffered the most serious injuries to his head.

Investigators said alcohol was not a factor and all involved were wearing seat belts. Charges will not be filed.