Two people are dead and another seriously injured after a car carrying a group of senior citizens hit a tow truck.
"My aunt was an outgoing person...very personable. Never met a stranger," said Richard Cherry.
Cherry has nothing but good memories of his aunt, 81-year-old, Faye Sawyer. And it's those memories he and his family will hang on to.
Around 8pm Monday night, on Highway 64, troopers say a tow truck stopped outside of Williams Wrecker Service. All of a sudden, they say, a car slammed into the back.
Faye Sawyer and her neighbor, 73-year-old, Reba Roberson, were passengers in the car. They both died instantly. Faye's husband, 84-year-old James Stancill, was behind the wheel.
"They enjoyed their dancing together and were still dancing together until this accident happened," said Cherry.
Despite his age, Cherry says Stancill was always a good driver.
"Very careful driver. Normally drove less than the speed limit. He was the kind of guy you always hated to get behind on the road, because he never drove more than 45 miles per hour," he said, laughing.
As Sawyer and Roberson's family prepare for funerals, Stancill is still in a hospital bed in critical condition.
Some may call it tragic…but not Cherry.
"I'm not saying there's any good way to go. But the way they enjoyed life, and as quickly as their life ended, I think that in itself was at least God's way of making it merciful," he said.
Highway Patrol Troopers are investigating a fatal accident in Martin County.
Trooper Brian Allen tells us two people were killed in the accident around 8 p.m. Monday. It happened on US-64 Alternate, about 2 miles east of Robersonville.
We're told a tow truck from Williams Wrecker Service was carrying a Ford Super Duty Truck and traveling east. The wrecker was stopped to make a left turn into the business when a 2010 Honda car collided with the Ford truck.
Trooper Allen says 84-year-old James Stancill, of Everetts, was driving the car. He's listed in serious condition at Vidant Medical Center.
Stancill's wife, 81-year-old Nellie Faye Sawyer, and a passenger, 73-year-old Reba Keel Roberson, were both killed in the accident.
The driver of the tow truck was not injured in the accident.
Troopers say charges are pending.