NEW INFO: Elderly couple killed, wife's sister hurt in Lenoir County wreck

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A couple in their 80s, known as "kind people" were killed in a Wednesday afternoon wreck while leaving a Bojangles.

Trooper J.D. Noble told WITN 80-year-old Tharen Taylor, of Deep Run, pulled out of the Bojangles' parking lot near Skinner's Bypass when she was hit by a pick-up truck.

Both Tharen and her husband, 83-year-old John Taylor, who was a passenger in the car, were killed.

Another woman in their Honda, 84-year-old Hazel Smith of Deep Run, was flown to Vidant Medical Center where she was last listed in stable condition. Family friends said Smith is Tharen Taylor's sister.

Troopers said the driver of the pick-up truck, whose name has not been released, was alert and talking after the wreck. He was taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital and is not facing any charges.

Family friends told WITN Tharen Taylor was best known by her nickname "Happy," and was the bookstore manager at Mount Olive College for years.

"They were the kind of people who always thought the best of others," said a family friend.

U.S. 70 was closed for nearly and hour and a half as troopers and first-responders worked to clear the wreck scene.


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NC Highway Patrol says two people were killed in a Wednesday afternoon accident in Lenoir County.

Trooper JD Noble says a Honda Accord, driven by 80-year-old Tharen Taylor of Deep Run, pulled out of the Bojangles' parking lot and was struck by a vehicle headed eastbound on Highway 70 in the Skinner's Bypass area.

Both Tharen and her husband, 83-year-old John Taylor, who was a passenger in the car, were killed.

Another passenger in the Honda, 84-year-old Hazel Smith of Deep Run, is in stable condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

The other vehicle involved was a Dodge pickup.

Troopers say that driver was alert and able to talk with troopers at the scene, but was taken to the hospital. He does not face charges.

U.S. 70 was closed for about an hour and a half.