Two children among 3 killed in road accidents


LUMBERTON — Two children are among three people killed in two separate car accidents in Robeson County today, according to the state Highway Patrol.

In the first accident, a father and his nearly 2-year-old daughter were killed.

That accident occurred at about 8:51 a.m. on N.C. 211 near Opal Road, about two-tenths of a mile from Red Springs.

According to a report filed by Trooper B.K. Covington, Mickey Lee Oxendine’s 2008 Infinity SUV was traveling east on N.C. 211 when it ran off the road, crossed the center-line and collided with a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Maximino Garcia.

Oxendine, who lived on Splendor Drive in Red Springs, and his daughter, Caley Oxendine, who would have turned 2 on Sept. 20, were killed. Garcia, 28, of Peter Road in Red Springs, was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center.

Both vehicles were traveling at the speed limit in the 55-mph zone, the report said. An accident report indicates that Oxendine’s vehicle may have hydroplaned; it was raining heavily at the time. According to the report, Mickey and Caley Oxendine were properly restrained in the vehicle.

Oxendine’s vehicle, which was registered to his wife, suffered about $9,000 in damage. Garcia’s vehicle, which was registered to Jesus Rodriguez-Guedara, of Shannon, also received about $9,000 in damage.

About an hour and a half later, a 3-year-old was killed in an accident that injured her mother.

That wreck occurred at about 10:25 a.m. on Old Whiteville Road near Beulah Church Road, about 2.5 miles east of Lumberton.

Kellie Nichole Lowery, of Gamble Trail Road in Clarendon, was traveling west in a 2002 Ford truck when she ran off the road to the right, over-corrected and ran off the road to the left before overturning, according to a report filed by Trooper C.S. Covington. The vehicle then struck a utility pole and came to rest on its side.

Lowery, 35, was hospitalized ,and her daughter, Jada Thomas was killed. Both were properly restrained in the car, the report said.

According to the report, Lowery had been driving the speed limit. About $9,000 in damage was done to the vehicle.

By Sarah Willets

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