Spencer, NC (WBTV)- The Spencer Police Department has determined that speed may have been a factor in a wreck that killed six people.
The crash, which involved a GMC Envoy, happened near the intersection of South Rowan Avenue and 11th Street at about 9 p.m. on Friday, January 18.
Two children, Daja Cathcart, 10 and Karizma Sexton, 4, died that day, along with adults Sean Javan Jacobs, Vincent Eugene McNeal and the driver Angela Monique Dunlap.
Another victim, Taliah Williams, was taken off life support the next day.
Two others were treated at Brenner’s Childrens Hospital in Winston-Salem.
Officers said Monday, January 28, that the Envoy was travelling 67 miles per hour before it left the road, and 57 miles per hour when it struck the tree, according to data from the vehicle’s on-board computer that records crash data.
The posted speed limit for that area is 30 miles per hour.
That Sunday, family of the victims gathered in Salisbury to make funeral arraignments.
Chief M. T. James had said he would wait until after the funerals to release the results of the investigation.
“I’m still in shock. I can’t believe my son [Javan] is gone. I can’t believe my brother [Vincent] is gone. I can’t believe Karizma [my granddaughter] with her smiley face is gone. It hurts,” Barbara Westmoreland said.
“I still can’t believe it,” Karizma’s mother Rachel Sexton said.
Charles Patrick, 10, was thrown from the vehicle but escaped with minor cuts and bruises. Rescue workers credit the boy for saving another child from the burning wreckage. “I’m not a hero – I just did what I thought to do,” Patrick said.
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