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Driver charged in Johnston County crash that injured three children

October 1, 2018

Accident

A woman has been charged following a Monday morning crash in Johnston County that injured three children.

Highway Patrol troopers said a Jeep Cherokee driven by Diana Rivas, 45, of Middlesex, was traveling west on N.C. Highway 231 at about 8:20 a.m. when Rivas failed to yield to the right of way at a stop sign and pulled out into the path of a tow truck traveling south on N.C. Highway 39.

The Jeep struck the side of the tow truck and spun around in the roadway, causing Noel Alvarez, 13, and Diana Rivas, 11, to be ejected from the vehicle.

Both children were taken to Wake Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities said neither child was wearing a seatbelt.

A third child, 4-year-old Fernay Orozco, was also taken to Wake Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities said Orozco was not properly restrained in a car seat.

Rivas was charged with failure to yield right of way to a stop sign, driving without a license, failure to secure a passenger under 16 years of age in a seat belt and failure to secure a child under 8 years of age or 80 pounds in an appropriate child restraint system.

The driver of the tow truck, identified as Justin Secor, 34, of Zebulon, was not injured as a result of the crash, troopers said.

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