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Young Driver Overturns Nissan; Accident Results in Injury and Death

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Inez Celastin Roberson, 21, was the driver in an automobile accident that injured herself and three others on Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on June 10, 2010. The incident contributed to the death of her youngest daughter, Corniella Rochelle Wright, who was three-years-old.

According to the accident report, it’s estimated that Roberson was travelling at 65 mph in a zone authorized at 55 mph when her 2003 Nissan Sentra ran off the road to the left. Roberson, a young and relatively inexperienced driver—overcorrected her steering and caused the car to veer off the road to the right. When it hit a ditch, the vehicle overturned twice and came to rest on its roof.

Roberson’s daughter was ejected from the vehicle. At least one child seat was found at the scene of the wreck, but police are unsure if the little girl was properly restrained.

Injured in the crash were Roberson, her mother, Rose Mary Roberson, 51, her eldest daughter, Lily K-Love Roberson, 5, and a family friend, Latoya Whitehead, 23. Each individual was transported to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where Corniella was pronounced dead and where the other crash victims were treated for minor injuries and later released.

This sad situation shows that it is imperative that children are always carefully and properly restrained inside a vehicle. Speeding is always a risk, especially for young drivers who do not have the experience with collision-prevention and proper handling of motor vehicles that more experienced drivers have.