A 33-year-old woman was killed and her daughter was hurt Sunday afternoon when their car hit a pickup truck that had crossed over the center of N.C. 42 and wound up sideways in front of her car, the State Highway Patrol said.
Stefanie McCartney of Clayton died at the scene, troopers said. Her daughter, Emaleigh, 12, was riding next to her mother in their Hyundai sport utility vehicle.
Troopers charged the driver of the Ford pickup, Robert G. Dees of Apex, with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and careless and reckless driving, they said.
They said he was severely hurt, but was expected to survive.
The accident happened at about 4:30 p.m.
According to troopers’ reconstruction of the accident, Dees was driving his truck, pulling a trailer, in the right eastbound lane of N.C. 42 near where the highway narrows from four to two lanes between Cornwallis Road and Interstate 40.
Troopers said witnesses told them the pickup was speeding in an effort to pass vehicles in the left lane before the road changed to two lanes.
The pickup, troopers were told, pulled left when the right lane ended, went out of control and was across the westbound lanes, where McCartney was driving.
The trailer Dees had been pulling came loose from the pickup, and an eastbound Chevrolet Tahoe in the left lane of N.C. 42 hit that, troopers said.