6 ejected, 1 killed in Johnston County wreck; speed, alcohol factors, troopers say

Jerika Session (Source: family)
Jerika Session (Source: family)

UPDATE: Family, friends hold vigil in Smithfield for woman killed in crash near Selma

SELMA, N.C. (WNCN) — The father of a 27-year-old woman killed in a Johnston County crash Thursday night visited the scene of the crash to see where his daughter “transitioned to be with the Lord.”

“Yes, I’m hurting, but I had to come to see where it happened at,” said Jimmy Sessions. “I know she’s not suffering, and she wouldn’t want us to suffer, so we’re just going to have to uplift ourselves and push like she always say.”

According to the highway patrol, a Cadillac Escalade with seven people inside was heading south on N.C. Highway 96 near Holly Berry Lane when the driver ran off the road to the right, overcorrected, crossed the center line, ran off the road again, hit a ditch and overturned several times before coming to a rest in a field.

N.C. Highway 96 near Holly Berry Lane
N.C. Highway 96 near Holly Berry Lane

Six people were ejected.

None of the seven people in the SUV were wearing seat belts, authorities said.

Two of the passengers were children – a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old.

Sessions said his daughter, Jerika Session, died in the crash.
UPDATE: Family, friends hold vigil in Smithfield for woman killed in crash near Selma

“We’re all suffering here, the Johnson and the Sessions family, but we will get through this,” said Jerika’s father, Jimmy Sessions. “My daughter’s motto was ‘push’, and what that means to her was pushing until something happens. Whatever you’re going through, let the Lord lead, let God lead you and things will get better. Always be uplifting, be kind, to anybody that you meet.”

All of the occupants were transported to WakeMed. The driver has the most serious injuries of the six who were taken to the hospital, authorities said.

Speed and alcohol were factors and charges are pending.

“I don’t have any anger in my heart (towards the driver),” Sessions said.

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