LAURINBURG — A 67-year-old Laurinburg woman was killed Monday and 26 others were injured in a series of car accidents that Laurinburg police are blaming on hard rain, slick roads and heavy Christmas traffic.
Luella Locklear Brayboy, of McBride Avenue, was killed when her 2004 Toyota flipped end over end twice before landing on its top on Old Lumberton Road.
Investigators believe Brayboy was traveling south at about 12:34 p.m. when she ran off the road to the right and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to slide back across the road and strike a drainage ditch and manhole cover before becoming airborne.
No one else was in the vehicle, which was valued at $3,000. The speed at which Brayboy was traveling is unknown.
The accident is one of nine that occured within the city limits from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday. Another was reported on Tuesday around 3:30 a.m.
“That’s 26 people involved in collisions within a 15-hour period,” Police Lt. R. Snipes said. “The combination of the weather and holiday traffic on the roads contributed to the collisions.”
Victims of the other eight accidents suffered minor to no injuries, including the driver of a 2011 Chevrolet who ran into a tree after falling asleep at the wheel.
Shaqwanna McCrimmon, of Williams Street, was traveling west on U.S. 74 when she fell asleep at the wheel of a 2011 Cheverlot and wrecked near the intersection of James Street.
McCrimmon ran off the road and hit a tree that overturned the car and left it on its side, causing approximately $3,000 worth of damages to the front left and left side of the vehicle.
McCrimmon was driving at about 30 mph. She was the only person in the vehicle and suffered minor injuries.