Woman Killed, 3-Year-Old Daughter Injured in Multi-Vehicle Wreck


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According to WSOC, a 40-year-old woman and her 3-year-old daughter were less than a mile from their home when a pickup truck crashed into their car, causing fatal and critical injuries.

Details of the Fatal Crash

Dana Knox and her daughter, Avery, were stopped on Sam Furr Road waiting to turn onto Westmoreland Road on Thursday morning. A pickup truck slammed into the Knox’s car, pushing it into oncoming traffic in the opposite lane where the mother and daughter were struck by a cargo van.

According to WSOC, Dana Knox died at the scene of the accident. Her daughter Avery survived the wreck, but sustained several broken bones and traumatic head injuries. Avery received treatment at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Thursday.

Knox’s fiancé, and the father of her daughter, says the two were on their way to day care when the accident occurred.

The drivers of the pickup truck and cargo van received treatment at a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, reports WSOC. Officials are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the crash.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics

The following statistics on motor vehicle crashes in 2014 are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 32,675 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
  • An estimated 2.34 million people sustained injuries in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • For passenger vehicle occupants who survived fatal crashes in 2014, only 15 percent were unrestrained.
  • Over the past 10 years, there has been a reduction of nearly 25 percent in the number of fatalities on the United States’ roadways.

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