SCOTLAND COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – Three people were killed in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 79 near US 74 right outside the city of Laurinburg in Scotland County around 2:50 p.m. Monday afternoon, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
According to Lt. Jeff Gordon, the driver of a dark green Honda Accord, 23-year-old Miesha Flowers of Gibson, North Carolina, died on scene from her injuries. The passenger in the Accord, 21-year-old Jamel Quick, was transported to Sandhills Regional Hospital in Hamlet, North Carolina, where he died shortly after arriving. Omarion Flowers, 6-month-old back seat passenger in the Accord, died shortly after arriving at Scotland Memorial Hospital in Laurinburg, North Carolina.
Lt. Gordon states a preliminary investigation revealed that a green GMC Sierra pick-up truck was traveling west on NC 79 from Laurinburg and the dark green Honda Accord, was traveling east on NC 79. The GMC Sierra was improperly passing several vehicles in a designated no passing zone traveling about 70 mph in a 55 mph zone at the time of the collision. The Honda Accord ran off the road to the right to avoid the collision, at the same time the GMC Sierra ran off the road on the left to avoid the collision. The GMC Sierra collided with the Honda Accord on the eastbound shoulder of NC 79.
The 17-year-old from Bennettsville who was driving the GMC Sierra sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and is still in the hospital.
Jamel Quick's father, Kenneth Quick, remembers the last moments with this son. "He was still warm when we got to the hospital. Real upset about the situation, but that's all I could really do is give him a kiss goodbye. I know he's in a better place as they say," said Quick.
Jamel Quick was the oldest of six kids in the family. Quick said, "Its like a hole in my heart. I think the hardest thing is my kids, having to tell them that their brother has passed."
The accident happened right outside of Clarks Towing where owner, Kevin Parker was the first one to run out to the street. Parker said, "It sounded like a bomb went off, you could tell something bad happened it sounded like a bomb we walked out there and saw the two vehicles hit head on. I was trying to see who I could help, but it was so bad they had to cut them out of the car. All of them had to be cut out it probably took an hour, it was bad."
Quick's high school principal, Keisha Hood visited the family's home Tuesday. Hood said, "Anytime news like this happens, its just tragic and we all feel it. We hate this for the Quick Family they are in our prayers and we are going to do whatever we can to help."
Kenneth Quick, Jamel Quick's father said, "Jamel was a clown if anybody knew Jamel they knew he was a prankster and a jokster. He's just my son and I love him that's all I can say, I love him."
North Carolina Highway Patrol investigating both cars today and did not find any serious mechanical issues. They have not released any final charges against the 17 year-old driver.