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Seventeen Injured in Crash Involving Church Group Van and SUV


glass of liquor on table next to car keys

According to WDBJ7, a driver faces charges after driving drunk, crashing into a van carrying a church group, and causing numerous injuries in Stokesdale, North Carolina, on Sunday morning.

Drunk Driver had Baby in Car with Her

Police say the crash between the two vehicles occurred on U.S. Highway 158. Officials say a driver in a brown SUV traveling north crossed the centerline and crashed head-on with a van heading southbound.

The van went off the road and overturned in the right shoulder, reports WDBJ7. A total of 17 people sustained injuries in the two-vehicle wreck. Three of the injured occupants received treatment at High Point Regional Hospital and two were transported to Moses Cone MedCenter.

The van, according to WDBJ7, carried a group from the Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witnesses from Martinsville, Virginia.

The driver of the SUV, 35-year-old Diadra Shaffer, had her one-month-old son in the vehicle with her. Both the mother and son had restraints on during the wreck. WDBJ7 reports that Shaffer drove while under the influence of an impairing substance.

Shaffer faces charges including driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving, misdemeanor child abuse, left of center, and driving while license revoked. Shaffer could face additional charges, according to police.

Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,092 people died in crashes on U.S. roadways in 2015.
  • Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities increased by 3.2 percent – 9,943 fatalities in 2014 to 10,265 in 2015.
  • An estimated 2.44 million people suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.
  • 105,000 more people were injured in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Fatal multiple-vehicle crashes increased by 11.2 percent from 2014.

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