CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A woman was killed in a crash in Catawba County Monday morning.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the scene on I-40 East near Exit 133 (Rock Barn Road) around 3:45 a.m.
Some time prior, troopers say a 2013 Honda Pilot was traveling east on I-40 when the vehicle went out of control, collided with the guardrail in the median, and then struck the guardrail on the south roadside.
The vehicle came to rest facing the wrong way on the interstate.
Troopers say a 2019 Honda Odyssey was traveling east on I-40 in the right lane when it collided head-on with the Pilot.
The driver of the Pilot was 47-year-old Sarah Ann McKinney. The preliminary investigation indicates McKinney survived the initial crash but succumbed to injuries from the second crash.
The driver of the Odyssey suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. This person was taken by Catawba County EMS to a hospital in Hickory.
Highway patrol reported that McKinney’s dog, that was missing after the crash, has been located.
On Tuesday, a woman spotted “Zeus” in the area of the crash and stopped. Troopers say she immediately provided comfort and took Zeus to an emergency veterinary clinic in Hickory. After an initial assessment revealed serious injuries, Zeus was taken to a clinic in Charlotte for further evaluation and treatment. The investigating trooper has been in contact with McKinney’s family to share the news.
Troopers say upon consultation with the Catawba County District Attorney’s Office, no charges will be filed.