Vanceboro, North Carolina Car Accident Claims the Lives of Two Women and Injures Seven Passengers

August 15, 2009, by Michael A. DeMayo

Two women are dead and seven people injured following a deadly head-on North Carolina car crash in Vanceboro on Sunday night. The deceased, Loriann Bobotek, 47, and Christina Sonn, 35, are both from Maryland and were headed toward their respective vacation destinations.

Sonn was headed north on US 17 with her best friend, her friend’s daughter, and another teen to the Outer Banks, while Bobotek, along with her two daughters and their friends, was going south to Myrtle Beach. The North Carolina car collision happened as Bobotek tried to overtake the vehicle in front of her. Bobotek’s Dodge Caravan struck Sonn’s small SUV, and both drivers died.

Mark Bobotek, Loriann’s husband, was riding in another car not far behind the vehicle carrying his wife and two daughters. Someone called him to tell him about the Vanceboro car accident and he drove to a Greenville hospital where both his girls were being treated for back injuries.

Bobotek says that his wife drove into oncoming traffic because a car had turned onto her lane. He says she never would have tried to overtake a vehicle just because it was driving slowly.

The passengers from both cars were transported to the hospital. As of yesterday, four of the victims were released and the other car accident victims are expected to survive.

Eric Malagra, Sonn’s 16-year-old son, had driven in another car. He was supposed to meet his mother at a restaurant before heading to Cape Hatteras. After Sonn’s car failed to arrive, Malagra and his friends drove back to find her. By the time they located Sonn’s car, her body was already on a Gurney.

Each day, in the US, lives are lost in car accidents. Many of these auto collisions could have been avoided if another motorist or party had not been behaving carelessly or recklessly. North Carolina car crashes impact not just the lives of the traffic accident victims, but they also can cause devastating trauma to loved ones who must now live with the loss.

Beach trips’ tragic end, Baltimore Sun, August 14, 2009

Two killed, seven injured in Sunday crash, ENC Today, August 10, 2009

Two Md. women die in N.C. collision, Baltimore Sun, August 12, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Head-On Collisions, Transportation Research Board

Car Accidents: Proving Fault, Nolo


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