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Mother, 3-year-old son killed in head-on Catawba Co. crash

Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 5:55 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2021 at 12:23 PM EDT
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CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A mother and her 3-year-old son were killed in a crash on N.C. 16 in Catawba County Wednesday morning.

The crash happened before 5:30 a.m. on N.C. 16 near Mount Ruhama Church Road. Officials say a 2007 BMW X3 was traveling north on N.C. 16, crossed the double yellow line, and collided head-on with a southbound 2018 Toyota Tundra.

The pickup traveled off the road to the right, overturned, and came to rest on its side.

The driver and rear-seat passenger of the BMW, identified as 20-year-old Allison Faith Presley and her 3-year-old son Aiden Presley, of Indian Trail, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say the child was restrained in a car seat, but the car seat was not installed properly in the vehicle.

A 21-year-old passenger received minor injuries while the 30-year-old driver of the Toyota received serious but non-life-threatening injuries. That driver was transported by EMS to a local hospital.

The collision occurred in a construction zone but was unrelated to any ongoing work. The initial investigation indicates Presley may have fallen asleep while driving.

North Carolina Department of Transportation officials and first responders were helping with a detour at Balls Creek Road and Buffalo Shoals Road. The area was closed for about three hours.

No further information was released.

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