Mother, child killed in head-on crash

A mother and her 4-year-old child died in a head-on crash outside of Vass. The crash happened on Lobelia Road at the intersection with Morrison Bridge Road around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

According to officials, a Buick passenger car traveling west toward Vass crossed the centerline and collided with a GMC Acadia traveling east.

A good Samaritan stopped to render aid and began CPR on the child in the Buick, but emergency medical personnel pronounced the child dead a short time later.

The driver, the child’s mother, Dakota Morris-Zoleman, 23, of Vass, was airlifted from a landing zone at Crains Creek Fire Department. She died at UNC Hospitals.

The female driver of the GMC was also airlifted from the same landing zone, and her condition is unknown. Her son was the vehicle’s passenger and was checked out by EMS but did not require transport to the hospital.

Lobelia Road was shut down for several hours while crews worked the scene, and the vehicles were removed.

NC Highway Patrol was on the scene investigating the crash.

Feature photo: N.C. State Highway Patrol car on scene of a fatal wreck outside of Vass on Sept. 20.

~Article and photo by Sandhills Sentinel reporter Daniel Gwyn.

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