Investigators work to determine cause of NC crash that killed 5

(Amy Cutler/CBS North Carolina)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A Fayetteville woman who lives near the site of a crash that took the lives of five people said drivers rarely obey the speed limit in the area.


A total of seven people were involved in the accident at Cliffdale Road and Lynhurst Drive, authorities said.

The collision left behind mangled wreckage that Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock said was the “worst crash that I’ve ever seen in my career.”

Yvonne Kinston said the accident occurred in front of her house Wednesday night.

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“Once we heard the sound we immediately, I ran out. And started to see what was going on. At that time the car was still flipping and debris was still flying in the yard,” Kinston said.

A small wooden cross now marks the spot of the collision. Kinston said it was put there by first responders.

“To hear that sound is a pit in your stomach. And at that time all you could do is pray that everybody is OK,” Kinston said.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the crash but Kinston said she isn’t surprised something like this happening.

“Traffic does not observe the 45 speed limit at all. So it’s difficult certain times to get out,” she said.

Among the five killed was mother of three Shannah Botts.

Police said the 33-year-old was behind the wheel of her green Kia when a vehicle slammed into her. Investigators are still working to piece together exactly how the crash occurred.

Authorities said a red Ford Mustang, a Crown Victoria and Botts’ Kia were involved in the accident.

“She was always a great friend to everybody. She was always a great mother to her children. We’ve always gone above and beyond for her children,” Heather Boyd, Bott’s friend.

The driver of the Mustang was Terek Rashad Johnson, 22, of Fayetteville, who is listed in serious condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Four people in the car with Johnson were killed when it overturned, police said.

Dadrian Thomas was driving a Crown Victoria involved. He was treated and released at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Police said Thomas and Johnson did not know each other, contrary to initial reports.

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