Accident kills 2 children, injures 9


By Donnie Douglas - ddouglas@robesonian



ST. PAULS — An accident that involved five vehicles on Halloween night killed two sisters from St. Pauls and injured nine others, including two who suffered serious injuries.

According to Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Miles’ report, Reanna Clark, 10, and Rakylah Clark, 7, both of 1375 Crenshaw Road, were killed when the 2000 Dodge SUV they were in was struck head-on on N.C. 20 near Nash Road, just to the west Interstate 95, at about 9:13 p.m.

The driver of a 2002 Toyota passenger car that investigators say caused the “chain-reaction” accident, Jamec Dre’qua Bracey, 19, of 6411 Kim Ridge Road, Fayetteville, has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle. Bracey and 16-year-old Shania Currie, of 1375 Crenshaw Road, St. Pauls, were those listed as being seriously injured.

According to Miles’ report, Antonai McKinnon, 28, of 665 St. James Circle, Lumberton, was driving a 2009 Chevrolet passenger car west on N.C. 20 and was being trailed by a 2002 Toyota passenger car and a 2009 Toyota passenger car. The report said that a 2013 Honda passenger car that was in front of McKinnon’s vehicle slowed and that McKinnon did as well, but that Bracey, who was driving the 2002 Toyota, did not, causing the accident.

McKinnon’s Chevrolet was shoved into oncoming traffic and struck the SUV head-on, forcing the SUV off the road to its right and into a water-filled ditch.

Connie Faye Lowery, 42, of 360 Lombardy Village Road, Shannon, was driving the SUV and was among those whose injuries were characterized as minor. The report indicated that the two children who died and Currie, all passengers in the SUV, were not properly restrained. All the others involved in the accident were properly restrained.

The report said that the Honda was the only vehicle still “driveable” following the accident.

According to Tasha Oxendine, a spokesperson for the Public Schools of Robeson County, Reanna Clark was a student at St. Pauls Elementary School and Rakylah was a student at Rex-Rennert Elementary School.

Oxendine said Superintendent Shanita Wooten visited the schools on Wednesday, and that administrators at each school would call in counselors to meet with grieving students if they felt that action was necessary.

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By Donnie Douglas

ddouglas@robesonian

Reach Donnie Douglas at 910-416-5649.

Reach Donnie Douglas at 910-416-5649.

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