Thanksgiving Day wreck in Hoke Co. kills 2, hospitalizes 3


RAEFORD, N.C. (WNCN) — Families are dealing with loss after a wreck in Hoke County on Thanksgiving killed two people and sent three to the hospital.

The two-vehicle crash happened on East Central Avenue in Raeford.

Because it’s a holiday, police are having a hard time reaching all of the people who had loved ones involved in the wreck, but the daughter of one victim said she was devastated.

“My heart is heavy because my dad was my best friend,” said Sonya Maxwell, whose father was in the wreck. “I loved my daddy.”

Her father, 66-year-old Irving McCain, was just doing a favor, driving a couple of people to and from the grocery store, when his Ford Explorer was rear-ended on Highway 401 in Raeford. He didn’t survive.

Police say the driver who caused the crash was drunk.

“I believe alcohol and speed were a factor in this accident,” said Ray Crumpler of the Raeford police.

Police have charged Gil Garcia with driving while impaired and two counts of second degree murder, according to authorities.

“If you were going to drink and drive please stay home because you take innocent lives,” Maxwell said. “I just lost my father and another person lost their loved one and it’s just so hard and it hurts.”

Police say a nine-year-old and another woman survived the crash and are hospitalized, as is Garcia.

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