Girl Dies When Tractor Topples Into A Creek

A 4-year-old North Carolina girl is dead and a relative faces charges of driving while impaired after a farm tractor they were riding rolled off a gravel road into a small creek.

The Associated Press reports that Leala Hardy died in Monday's accident near Thomasville. She was riding on the tractor driven by 50-year-old John William Patterson.

The state Highway Patrol has charged him with driving while impaired. It couldn't be immediately determined Wednesday if Patterson has a lawyer.

Patrol First Sgt. B.D. Stalvey says the tractor overturned down an embankment into a small creek. Stalvey says troopers are consulting with Davidson County's district attorney on whether further charges are justified.


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