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Woman Killed In Burke County Crash

A Burke County woman was killed in a crash Thursday afternoon (September 29). The deceased is 42-year-old Jennifer Nicole Rector At approximately 3:55 p.m. Thursday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Miller Bridge Road near Shoupes Grove Church Road. A 2016 Dodge Ram was traveling north on Miller Bridge Road, crossed the centerline, and collided head-on with a southbound 2017 Nissan Rouge. A 2005 Toyota Camry was also traveling south behind the Nissan, attempted to avoid the crash, ran off the road to the right, and collided with a tree.

The driver of the Dodge, 69-year-old Angelo Messineo of Hudson, received minor injuries and was transported by EMS to UNC Health Blue Ridge–Valdese in Valdese. The driver of the Nissan, Jennifer Nicole Rector, passed away as a result of her injuries at the scene. Three passengers in the Nissan, ages 45, 13, and 10, were injured and transported by EMS to area hospitals. The driver of the Toyota, a Hickory man, was not injured.

Investigating troopers have charged Messineo with misdemeanor death by vehicle.