NC mom and daughter killed in 4-vehicle DWI crash, officials say

Kenneth Gray Haselden in a photo from WECT

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (WECT) — A mother and her daughter were killed following a four-vehicle accident in Bladen County Saturday afternoon.

According to officials, the crash happened around 3:45 p.m. on US 701 near Sweet Home Church Road outside of Elizabethtown.

Kenneth Gary Haselden, 64, of Huger, SC, was driving a 2007 Dodge pickup truck southbound on US 701 when he crashed into the back of a 2006 Chevy SUV driven by Melissa Coffin Melvin, 50, of Elizabethtown, who was slowing for traffic.

Due to the impact, both vehicles went left of center and struck two other vehicles that were heading northbound.

Haselden’s truck hit a 2012 Honda SUV driven by Liz Esbeidy Manujano, 30, of Bladenboro, with her three children inside. Melvin’s SUV side-swiped a 2006 Dodge van driven by Francie Hunter, 68, of Garland.

Manujano died at the scene due to injuries she suffered in the crash. Alyssa, 6, was not properly restrained and was ejected from the SUV. She later died after the crash. Jinely, 11, was not properly restrained either but was not ejected from the vehicle. She was eventually airlifted to Duke hospital. Josue, 1, was in a car seat and not seriously injured.

The surviving victims were taken to the Bladen County Hospital in Elizabethtown.

Troopers charged Haselden with failure to reduce speed, driving while impaired, and two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

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