Deadly weekend on Triangle roads

Four family members were killed when an SUV overturned near mile marker 131 on I-95.

May 31, 2010 8:57:29 AM PDT
In just a 24-hour period, seven people have lost their lives on area highways. The most recent wreck happened around 6 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 95 in Nash County.

Four family members were killed when an SUV overturned near mile marker 131 on I-95.

The Highway Patrol says the driver - Sylvester Junior Pernell, 31, was traveling south on the interstate, just south of the 64 interchange, when he drifted off the road and hit a tree.

The SUV overturned, killing Pernell along with Jamal Anwar Pernell, 16, Kimberly Sierra Pernell, 21, and Georgia James Pernell, 55.

Troopers say the family was from Dylan, South Carolina. Firefighters at the scene say one passenger wearing a seatbelt in the front seat survived. She was airlifted to a local hospital where her condition is not known.

Troopers say they do not believe speed was a factor in the wreck but haven't been able to find any witnesses. If you saw the wreck please contact the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Three killed in Sanford

Speed was a factor in a wreck that happened overnight Saturday during the storms on Jefferson Davis Highway in Sanford.

Three men who were cousins died in the wreck. Police say Edwin Perez Hernandez, Claudia Baudililo Hernandez, and Fermin Patrocino Perez all died as a result of the crash.

Edwin Hernandez and Perez were ejected from the vehicle, and found dead at the scene.

Claudia Hernandez was taken to the hospital, where she later died.

Authorities on the scene spent hours looking for the driver who ran away after the accident. Investigators say a Nissan truck was speeding when it went off the road, skidded down an embankment, and flipped.

After an unsuccessful search, detectives contacted family members, and identified Hugo Alfredo Hernandez as the possible driver.

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