NC grandmother dies after motorcycle driven by her husband crashes, officials say

Katherine Faketty in a photo from Facebook.

MAPLE HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — A North Carolina grandmother died after the motorcycle she was on with her husband crashed on Saturday, reports say.

Katherine Faketty, 62, of Rose Hill, died at the scene of the wreck on N.C. 50 near Maple Hill in Pender County, First Sgt. King with the State Highway Patrol told WECT-TV.

The wreck happened when the motorcycle, driven by her husband, Michael Faketty, 69, was heading south on NC 50 around 1:20 p.m., WECT and the Star News of Wilmington reported.

The motorcycle was traveling behind a passenger car that stopped and the motorcycle crashed into the car, officials told the TV station.

Katherine Faketty was a mother and leaves behind at least one grandchild, according to posts on Facebook.

“Our hearts are shattered and our lives will never be the same. She was a wonderful mother and friend … and the most amazing grandmother to our children. We can not even process the grief we are feeling,” wrote daughter Elizabeth Jensen on Facebook.

Michael Faketty was seriously hurt in the wreck and taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Jensen said her father is in critical condition with bleeding and swelling of the brain and cervical fractures.

“The next 72 hours are very critical for him and we need all the thoughts and prayers we can get,” Jensen wrote.

Michael Faketty was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, King told WECT.

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