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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  • by rain Location: greenville,nc on Nov 26, 2007 at 04:24 PM
    I think with gas prices highway patrol are trying to conserve on their budget.Of course they could go to the county's and asked for a tax increase to survive on their budget but then the average joe wouldn't be happy with that either.Any death in a traffic accident is always a time of sadness but a grandmother that over corrected her mistake and lost control is not something the highway patrol could have stopped from happening "life happens".I bet you may have seen empty patrol cars sitting along side of the road but I guess you slowed your speed down enough to see those particular cars were empty otherwise you couldn't have made that observation.Don't be so quick to make judgements on what someone else's job is.i personally think the mere appearance is good enough to slow some people down therefore avoiding what "could have been" unless you want to go get $100 gas card and do your part.
  • by billy Location: nc on Nov 26, 2007 at 01:57 PM
    People are going to complain about the highway patrol regardless of whether they are doing their job or not. It does slow people down when they see a patrol car parked on the side of the road empty or not but only until they think it is safe to speed up again.
  • by Tom Location: NC on Nov 26, 2007 at 08:21 AM
    It takes more than a lot of empty patrol cars, sitting in medians or beside roadways, to slow people down. I thought the Highway patrol was going to be out in force? I didn't know that that meant just their patrol cars.
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