MOYOCK, N.C. (WAVY) — Eleven people went to the hospital after a head-on collision on Caratoke Highway in South Moyock Tuesday night and one of the drivers is now facing charges.
Deputy Chief Tim Riley with the Currituck County Fire Department says the three-vehicle accident happened around 8:30 p.m. in the 250 block of Caratoke Highway.
Four people were critically injured. All of the victims went to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Three people were trapped in cars after the crash. One of them was stuck in a vehicle for over an hour, officials say.
A report from North Carolina Highway Patrol shows a 2015 Chevy car driven by 24-year-old Lauren Crawford Shudark was making a left turn on to North Caratoke Highway from Baxter Lane Road and failed to yield to a 2012 Chevy car driven by 35-year-old Decorrey Shanee Bailey, of Norfolk.
According to the report, there were four passengers in the 2012 Chevy — William Bell, 31, Myah Edwards, 16, Mar’Tyria Hayes, 14, and Terrence Dozier, 31.
Shudark’s car was hit by the 2012 Chevy, according to the report, and crossed the center lane and into southbound traffic, where it collided head-on with a Chevy pickup truck.
Michael Miles, 32, was driving the Chevy pickup at the time of the crash and had four passengers, including Hunter and Tyler Miles, both 10-years-old, Lisa Ray Miles, 51, and Larry Eugene Miles, 56.
Riley said Wednesday morning that two patients remained critical, two were in serious condition and seven patients were in stable condition.
Shudark was charged with failure to yield.
“They were coming from seeing my grandfather because my grandmother passed away yesterday morning,” Bailey’s brother, Nicholas Mobley said.
As for the person charged in the wreck, Mobley says he holds no ill will. He just hopes everyone recovers.
“I don’t put any blame on anybody. Anything can happen at any given moment,” he said.
Ervin Adams, 78, is a former Moyock Volunteer Firefighter who lives along Caratoke Highway. The wreck happened near his front yard.
“The truck was over here, where this debris is at. You can see the tire tracks were coming down into the ditch,” he said.
Adams said he was inside his home when the wreck happened.
“We were in the back of the house and this big almost sounded like a bomb went off,” he said.
Adams called it the most severe wreck he’s seen in front of his house in the 44 years he’s lived on Caratoke Highway.
Two helicopters responded to the scene. One was Nightingale from Norfolk; the other was Dare Medflight from Manteo.
Crews from the Moyock Volunteer Fire Department, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire and Emergency Services, Currituck County EMS, Dare County med-flight and Pasquotank County EMS all assisted.
The accident caused major backups on Caratoke Highway near the Virginia state line.