Teen girl charged after one killed, six injured in wreck
SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A teenage girl has been charged after one person was killed and six others were injured an a wreck in Salisbury on Sunday evening, troopers say.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol has identified the victim killed in a two vehicle crash on Sunday evening as 22-year-old Jatara Moore.
Salisbury Police say the crash happened around 9:40 p.m. near Highway 601 on Woodleaf Road.
NC Highway Patrol took over the investigation shortly after arriving on scene.
Troopers told WBTV the two cars were heading in opposite directions when one of the vehicles with five people in the car lost control and swerved off the road.
The driver of the vehicle overcorrected and skid across the road before crashing into the side of the oncoming car.
Moore, the passenger in the skidding vehicle, took the brunt of the collision. The oncoming car with two people inside T-boned the vehicle skidding across the road, according to NC Highway Patrol.
Troopers say Moore was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of that vehicle, 19-year-old Amber Pruitt, is being charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle by NC Highway Patrol. She was treated at the hospital.
Six people were taken to the hospital.
One of those people taken to the hospital was Moore's 5-year-old son, according to Troopers.
Authorities say the conditions of the six people taken to Rowan Regional Hospital are not life threatening.
Troopers believe speed is the main factor contributing to the accident.
Jatara Moore's friend Casey Graham says she thinks her friend, her son and three other friends were headed to someone's house for a cookout. But they never got there, a makeshift memorial on Woodleaf Road marks where Jatara Moore died.
"As soon as I saw the car and as soon as they told me I just felt like my heart stopped because we had just talked," said Casey Graham, "And she was just holding my daughter saying how much she loved her. When I got to the hospital I just broke down."
Graham says Moore was a young mom with a 5 year old son. She lived with her family in Salisbury. Her family and friends say they will miss Moore's sense of humor.
"She would make you laugh no matter what. You would just love being around her. Her and her son, them two together was just like amazing they would have you dying laughing every single day," said Graham.
Graham says Moore's son was taken to a hospital in Winston and has not yet been told about his mom's death. She says people will gather here on Woodleaf Road for a candlelight vigil at 7 o'clock.
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