According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, 27-year-old Christina Whelan was killed in a car accident on I-85 on the morning of August 30 when a leaf spring from a passing dump truck came loose from the vehicle and slammed into Whelan's front windshield. The projectile struck the woman, who lost consciousness while her foot was still on the gas pedal. Her vehicle left the roadway and collided with several trees before coming to a stop.
Whelan had been an elementary school teacher for the past six years and was on her way to school at just before seven in the morning when the fatal accident occurred.
Authorities hope that the dump truck that lost its leaf spring will come forward and cooperate with the investigation. They ask for anyone with information on the crash to please come forward.
While some are referring to this crash as a "freak accident," it is important to understand that wrecks caused by improperly secured loads are just as preventable as any other crash - and that driving with an unsecured load is against the law in North Carolina.
We send our thoughts the family, friends, and students of Christina Whelan.