A Gaston County woman was killed in a Christmas Day crash in Burke County. Last Friday (December 25), at approximately 1:00 a.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to a collision in Burke County on Interstate 40 East near mile marker 108.
A 2020 Ford F-150 was traveling east and began driving recklessly as the occupants were involved in a verbal altercation. The pickup sideswiped an eastbound 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer, and both vehicles collided with the guardrail several times. The driver of the Ford and a two-year-old passenger in the Chevrolet were both ejected during the collision.
The driver of the Ford was identified as 39-year-old Monica Torres-Garcia of Bessemer City. She passed away a short time after being transported by first responders to Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge in Valdese. Alcohol is suspected as a contributing circumstance. The passenger received minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital.
The driver of the Chevrolet was a 30-year-old Winston-Salem woman. She, an adult passenger, and four children were transported to Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge in Valdese with minor injuries. The two-year-old was transported to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte with serious injuries. She was not properly restrained in a car seat. I-40 East was closed in that area for several hours during the investigation.