|From The Charlotte Observer|
Shavalos Jameson drove from Charlotte to Winston-Salem State University every weekend to pick up his fiancée, Simone McDuffie, who was a freshman and member of the school's Army ROTC.
This past weekend would be the last trip Shavalos and Simone would take together. Something happened as they drove down I-85 south and Simone lost control of the car.
The couple died. That sentence stands out to me -- as if God knew he couldn't leave one here without the other one. Here were two kids seemingly doing the right thing, gone in a tragic accident. And 16-year-old Trevon is clinging to life.
State troopers said McDuffie lost control of her fiance's car on U.S. 52 in Davidson County, and plunged over a bridge onto Old U.S. 64, nearly 50 feet below.
The couple died. Jameson's stepbrother, Trevon Rutherford, 16, was riding in the back seat; he was taken to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, where he was in critical condition.
Sgt. K.G. Brown of the N.C. Highway Patrol said Rutherford was able to give troopers a statement about the accident. The preliminary report points to driver error as the cause of the crash, authorities said.
Troopers couldn't find any apparent mechanical problems with the car, and don't believe alcohol or other distractions - such as texting or talking on a cellphone - were a factor.
My prayers go out to the families of all involved in this tragedy.