I-85 crash proves deadly

Three Raleigh residents, a fetus and a Maryland man die in Warren County as a family tries to gather for the Thanksgiving holiday

Staff WriterNovember 21, 2004 

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CORRECTION

An article on Page 1B Sunday misspelled the first name of Alfonzo Kevin McCullers, who died in a highway accident Friday.

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Three Raleigh residents, including a woman eight months pregnant with her first child, and a Maryland man were killed Friday afternoon in a three-vehicle accident on Interstate 85 in Warren County, a spokesman with the state Highway Patrol said Saturday.

Emergency workers were not able to save the fetus of passenger Tiffany Andrisa Millard, 20, of Raleigh, who was killed in the accident, the Highway Patrol said Saturday.

Tina Rose Lovet Maith, 26, of Raleigh was driving south on I-85. She was killed when the car ran off the road and crossed into northbound traffic, striking two cars.

Maith's other passengers, Alfonso Kevin McCullers, 21, of Raleigh, and David Derrick Scott Jr., 28, of Hyattsville, Md., were also killed. The accident occurred six miles south of Norlina about 5:45 p.m. Friday.

The three Raleigh victims were returning from Maryland, where they had picked up David Scott and his cousin, Andre Jackson, 18, of Waldorf, Md., for the Thanksgiving holiday, said Michelle Scott of Raleigh, sister of Millard and David Scott.

Jackson was injured in the wreck and airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. His condition could not be immediately determined Saturday evening. None of the victims in the Maith vehicle were wearing seat belts, the Highway Patrol reported.

Millard, a native of Washington who moved to Raleigh in 1993, was pregnant with McCullers' child, Michelle Scott said, adding that her brother, David Scott, was also the father of a 7-year-old daughter.

The Highway Patrol said Maith's gold Oldsmobile ran off the left side of the road, crashed through a wire median barrier and struck a Jeep and then a Chrysler that were traveling north.

The Jeep's driver, Donald Dinkins, 53, of Thonotosassa, Fla., was treated at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. Two passengers in the Chrysler received minor injuries, the patrol reported.

The crash caused a few secondary collisions but no other injuries, reports said.

State troopers at the scene had not determined what caused Maith to lose control of her car.

Maith and David Scott had been romantically involved, Michelle Scott said Saturday.

Michelle Scott said Millard, Maith and McCullers left for Maryland Friday at about 5 a.m.

Scott said she last saw Tiffany Millard Thursday night at their home on Suffolk Boulevard, where they played cards.

Millard was looking forward to motherhood.

"She was hungry because she was pregnant with her first child," Scott said. "She was so excited."

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Staff writer Thomasi McDonald can be reached at 829-4533 or tmcdonal@newsobserver.com.

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