Highway Patrol investigating double fatal crash in Union County

MONROE, NC (WBTV) - Two people are dead after a violent collision in Union County.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident happened at the intersection of Sikes Mill and Brief roads in northern Union County at around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

State Troopers told WBTV News that the accident involved just two cars and that the force of the crash sent one of the vehicles crashing into a nearby shed.

Two people in the car that crashed into the shed died as the roof of the building collapsed onto them, firefighters said.

The deceased were identified as Samantha Wilie, 28, of Indian Trail, NC, and her niece Jewel Witlow, 13. Wilie's 3-year-old son was in the backseat. He was injured and is being treated at CMC-Main.

The other driver was identified as Sara Lambert, 22, of Stanfield, NC. Lambert is also being treated at CMC Main.

Troopers said Wilie ran a stop sign at the intersection, and her car was T-boned on the driver's side by Lambert's car.

Wilie was not wearing a seatbelt. Her niece was wearing a seatbelt and the three-year-old appeared to have been properly restrained, state troopers said.

Neither vehicle attempted to stop. Troopers said there were no signs that either driver was able to react  before the crash.

Union County School officials say Witlow attended Piedmont Middle School.

Neighbor Ryan Love says he and his mom were outside, heard the crash and went to help. "I went over to the other car and tried to help the other three..the mom, the girl and the baby and they eventually got the baby out of the seat and I tried to see if the mom and the girl had a pulse and I didn't feel anything," Love said.

"[The intersection] is not quite square here..and it's got all that brush grown up. It's sad we've got to have two people killed..a three year old without a mama..sad," Glenn Green said.

Green says he spoke to the Department of Transportation Friday morning about a "stop ahead" sign on Brief Road. He says within two hours the sign was moved closer to the road. "Whether that caused that wreck, I don't know," Green said. But he feels better knowing the sign will be more visible to people who may not be familiar with the road.

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