Family of woman hurt in crash wants community to pray for firefighter's family

Family of woman hurt in crash wants community to pray for firefighter's family
Penny Carter Stokes (Submitted picture)

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The husband of one of the two women hurt in a crash in Rowan County on Wednesday says he hopes the community will pray and show support for the family of the firefighter who died in the crash.

"Yes, we want to express our deepest condolences to the family of Michael Goodnight in their loss," Christopher Stokes said.  "We just ask that everybody lift them up in prayers and everybody involved right now.  This isn't a feeding frenzy, it's out here to heal the ones that's been hurt, and they'll need a lot of healing on both sides for quite a while now."

West Liberty firefighter Michael Goodnight was responding to a call on July 4th when he crashed his pickup truck into a Mustang being driven by Penny Stokes.

The accident happened on Gold Knob Road.

The Highway Patrol says Stokes was slowing to make a left turn into a private driveway and that Goodnight attempted to pass the Mustang in a no passing zone.  Goodnight's truck hit the Mustang.

"I'm not going to sit here and analyze what happened, point fingers, or anything else," Stokes added. "This isn't the time for it, definitely isn't the time for it."

Goodnight died at the scene.  Stokes and another woman in the car were airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.  Both women have now been released from the hospital.

"My wife's doing good," Stokes said. "She's been through a lot obviously, but she's doing good."

It was already an emotional week for the Stokes family.  Penny Stokes father passed away on Monday.  On Wednesday the family was coming together at a cook out.  That's where Stokes was headed when the crash occurred.

Penny Stokes was released from the hospital in time to be able to attend her father's funeral service on Thursday.

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