A grandmother seriously injured in a traffic crash on Saturday night in Rockingham — that claimed the life of her grandson — is improving, as her condition was upgraded to fair condition late Monday, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Meanwhile, the Rockingham Police Department continues to investigate the crash, which occurred on East Broad Avenue (Business U.S. 74).
Several media outlets are reporting that Emma Williams and her 9-year-old grandson Jody Williams were the victims involved in the crash, although Police Chief Billy Kelly has yet to confirm those names.
Chief Kelly did confirm that a man and a woman in one vehicle were coming from the stoplight at the Pineridge Crossing shopping center, at 1788 E. Broad Ave., and that car collided with the victims’ car which “appeared to be coming from Lady Mary Lane,” sending the victims’ car into Richmond Memorial Park.
Although witnesses told officers that the vehicle that slammed into the grandmother’s car was racing another car, that has not been confirmed, Kelly told the Daily Journal on Monday.
Kelly said his department is working with the NC State Highway Patrol to determine if speed was a factor in the crash, and investigators are looking at all possibilities.
One TV station reported a third vehicle was involved and had left the scene. When asked about this Monday, Kelly said that had not been determined either.
The grandmother was airlifted to the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, where Kelly confirmed she remained Monday. On Monday afternoon, a spokesperson at the hospital said Emma Williams was listed in fair condition.
The male driver of the car that struck the victim’s car was airlifted to the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill and the female passenger was sent to the Richmond Memorial Hospital in Rockingham, police said, and both of them have been released.
The names of the man and woman in the other car were not released.