‘My mom was a good mom,’ says daughter of woman charged in girl’s traffic death

April 9, 2019

We are learning more about a 7-year-old girl who was killed last week during a crash in Harnett County while her mother was behind the wheel.

Theresa Peterson, 42, of Sanford, has been charged with felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, two counts of felony child abuse, two counts of inflicting serious injury, reckless driving, driving without a valid license and driving without a child restraint, the State Highway Patrol said.

On Monday, her daughter, who lives in Pennsylvania, spoke out about the fatal crash that has landed her mother in the Harnett County Jail, where she remained Monday in lieu of a $205,000 bond.

“My mom was a good mom,” said Nashira Greene. “She loved her kid, and unfortunately this just went left.”

The State Highway Patrol were called to N.C. Highway 210 near Irene Roberts Road, south of Lillington, just after 5 p.m. Thursday.

Investigators concluded that Peterson was driving south when her vehicle left the road on the right side.

Troopers said Peterson overcorrected before leaving the road on the left side and hitting a ditch, flipping over.

Greene said she was told by her mother that the woman’s SUV was rear ended before it crashed and flipped over.

“My mom says that someone hit her from the back (and the driver) kept going,” Greene said. “She tried to straighten out the car, and basically the car flipped over three times and my little sister was ejected.”

But state troopers have said there was no indication that the vehicle was struck from behind and every indication that it ran off the road on its own power.

Greens said Peterson’s family had been struggling with money and recently started living inside the minivan.

“The last house she was at, said that the water bill was $1,500 so she had to move,” Greene said. “And they were about to get another house.”

Peterson’s 14-year-old twins and the girl’s father were also in the SUV when it crashed.

They were not seriously injured during the incident, and they are expected to be OK, authorities said.

But now the family’s focus has shifted to remembering a sweet little girl whose life tragically ended too soon.

“I want you to remember Aniyah as always being spunky and . . . always being funny,” Greene said.