Trooper: Driver in critical condition following crash

By: By Gavin Stone - Staff Writer

ELLERBE — One driver is in critical — but stable — condition and the other has been taken for X-Rays following a two-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon that sent five people to the hospital.

Jessica Martin of Wilmington and Ashley Davis of Ellerbe collided on N.C. 73 near the intersection where Cartledge Creek Road becomes Everett Chappell Road, causing Davis’ SUV to roll onto its roof. Davis was travelling with her husband, Rusty, and their twin children, Gunner and Gracie, who are in first grade.

Trooper Shane Baldwin said he spoke to Martin’s sister who reported that she is “stable but her injuries are pretty bad.” Baldwin added that Martin was moved from FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill for treatment, is in “critical but stable” condition and has multiple broken bones. Ashley Davis was still in the hospital Monday night and was taken for X-rays Tuesday, according to Baldwin.

Storms moving across the state Monday evening prevented the crash victims from being airlifted.

Davis’ children and husband have been released from FirstHealth. Melissa Powley, Davis’ neighbor and cousin, said at the site of the wreck Monday afternoon that the children were “shaken up” following the wreck.

Davis was travelling west on N.C. 73, while Martin was crossing the intersection. Baldwin said it is not clear whether Martin ran the stop sign.

“The way this road is, it’s a very dangerous intersection,” Baldwin said. “(Martin) could have stopped (at the stop sign) and proceeded to go forward and not seen the other car top the hill … you’re unable to see a car at that intersection until it’s too late.”

He added it the investigation could still “go both ways” pending an interview with Martin. Martin’s sister told Baldwin that Martin is unfamiliar with the area.

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By Gavin Stone

Staff Writer