AURORA, N.C. (WNCT) — New details have been released regarding the single-vehicle crash that happened south of Aurora on Monday.
Sgt. Scott Hembry with the N.C. State Highway Patrol told WNCT’s Adrianna Hargrove three children and an 82-year-old man were ejected during the single-vehicle crash that happened at 4:14 p.m. Monday south of Aurora at the intersection of Hwy. 33 and 306. The man, Earnest Baker, died at the scene.
Three of the children were transported to ECU Health in Greenville while three others and the driver were sent to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern. None of the six children, ranging in ages from four months to age 10, were wearing their seat belts, Hemby said.
The vehicle, described as a 2005 Black Ford Explorer, was traveling east towards Aurora went it ran off the right side of the road. The driver, Destiny Cooper, 26, overcorrected, crossed the center line, overcorrected again and ran off the right side of the road. The vehicle overturned twice, Hemby said.
As of Tuesday afternoon, two of the children remained in the hospital with serious injuries. Charges were pending.