SUV Rollover Kills Family In Croatan National Forest Accident
According to CNN News and the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the car accident took place on Sunday evening on a gravel road in the national forest. Killed in the accident were the driver, 24-year-old Maria Gonzales, the woman’s boyfriend, 24-year-old Abdil Salis, and three children, six-year-old Alexander Gomez, 2-year-old Adyelis Salgonzalez, and four-month-old Abdil Salis, Jr. It not not clear how all three children were related to the adults.
Police believe that Gonzales lost control of her vehicle on the gravel road, ran off of the roadway, and overturned the vehicle in a canal. The two younger children were found secured in their child safety seats. Drowning appeared to be the cause of death for all five victims. The man was not wearing a seat belt and could have been attempting to save the other occupants at the time of his death.
According to one news source, the road, Catfish Lake Road, has led to ten car accident fatalities in the last decade alone, and that speeding is often a problem on the passage. The canal water was high due to recent storms and flooding in the area.