Child killed in Johnston County crash identified

Twenty-month-old Madison Creech (Jason Thompson)
May 30, 2013 2:49:02 PM PDT
The North Carolina Highway Patrol says 20-month-old Madison Creech, of Zebulon, died in crash Wednesday afternoon that injured three others.

It happened around 3:45 p.m. on N.C. Highway 96 north near Antioch Church Road, just north of Selma.

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The Highway Patrol said 22-year-old Latricia Lynn Slack, of Smithfield, was going about 10 miles per hour over the speed limit in her 1997 Chevrolet when she apparently lost control. Her car then hit a tree and flipped upside down.

Slack, two men, and an infant strapped in a car seat were able to get out of the vehicle within the first few moments. Creech was pinned in the vehicle.

About 45 minutes after rescue crews arrived, a helicopter transported Creech to Duke Trauma center with critical injuries, where she later died.

"I don't think a lot of us have processed this completely," said Madison's aunt, Jessica Baisey. "We're still waiting for her to come home."

Madison and her dad were headed to the lake to swim with friends when the accident happened.

"She was breathing on the way to the hospital," said Madison's aunt, Ashley Ballantyne. "They worked on her really hard. The head injury killed her.

Nearly 24 hours after the deadly wreck, Madison's aunts cry, mourn, and try to comfort their sister after the loss of her baby girl.

"The hardest part is her mom. Madison was everything to her mom," said Baisey. "We're going to miss her a whole lot. She brought greatness to everybody."

Madison's family says they're not angry.

"I was looking for someone to blame and focus my anger on," said Baisey. "Once we knew, [it was] just going over the speed limit, it's a very human thing we all do that. You can't hold anything against anyone like that."

Troopers have charged Slack with death by motor vehicle and speeding.

A fund has been set up for funeral and medical expenses for the family. Click here to donate.

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