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Safe driving advocate victim in Beaufort County murder-suicide

Published: Aug. 25, 2021 at 1:26 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2021 at 2:03 PM EDT
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BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A woman who became a safe driving advocate after her daughter died in a texting while driving accident was killed in a murder-suicide shooting.

Beaufort County deputies said Tracy O’Carroll was shot and killed by her husband, Timothy, before the 52-year-old man turned the gun on himself.

The shootings happened on Tuesday at the couple’s home on Highway 33 east of Chocowinity.

Deputies are investigating an apparent murder/suicide in Beaufort County.
Deputies are investigating an apparent murder/suicide in Beaufort County.(WITN)

Deputies say they found the bodies after a family member asked for a welfare check.

In 2011, Tracy O’Carroll’s 18-year-old daughter died in a texting while driving crash. Sarah Edwards was a senior at Southside High School at the time.

Karen Torres met O’Carroll through distracted driving awareness and says she wants O’Carroll to be remembered as someone who brought joy to others lives and loved her daughter and grandchildren.

Since losing her daughter, O’Carroll frequently spoke out about the dangers of texting while driving, and was interviewed several times by WITN on the subject.

Karen Torres met O’Carroll through distracted driving awareness and says she wants O’Caroll to be remembered as someone who brought joy to others lives and loved her daughter and grandchildren.