Four Edgecombe County residents, including a 1-year-old child, perished this morning in a single-vehicle crash in the Scotland Neck area.
The crash occurred shortly before 12:30 this morning, according to a statement from Sergeant C.D. Knox of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s Raleigh headquarters.
The crash occurred on Highway 125 near Sand Pit Road.
Knox said the driver of the vehicle, Jacques Jamal Dickens, 27, of Tarboro, was traveling west on Highway 125 when he crossed the centerline and traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a ditch.
The vehicle continued forward, striking a highway sign and several trees before coming to rest off the roadway south of Highway 125 after impact.
The preliminary contributing circumstance is reckless driving. Possible impairment is unknown at this time and the investigation continues.
Knox said Dickens, who died in the crash, was ejected from the vehicle and was not wearing a seatbelt.
The others who perished in the crash were:
Right front passenger Ta’Nautica Shanay MCDowell, 17, of Speed, who was wearing a seatbelt.
Front right passenger London McDowell, 1, of Speed, who was being held by the 17-year-old.
Back passenger Jamal Terrence Sherrod, 27, of Speed, who was ejected from the vehicle and was not wearing a seatbelt.
Injured and taken to a hospital for treatment was Shakierra Shanae’ Antanette McDowell, 25, of Speed, who was a passenger in the back of the vehicle. She was ejected and was not wearing a seatbelt.