LAURINBURG — A 23-year-old Laurinburg woman was killed Saturday night after the vehicle she was a passenger in was struck by another car in the southbound lane of U.S. 401, according to authorities.
Shahara McLean was traveling southbound on U.S. 401 in a 2010 Lincoln sedan when the vehicle she was riding in was struck on the right passenger side by a 2009 Toyota Camry that was being driven by Christina Radford of Laurinburg, according to a report by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
The report stated that Radford, 37, was traveling northbound on U.S. 401 at a high rate of speed when she ran off the right side of the road. Radford then over corrected and drove the 2009 Toyota Camry left of center before colliding head on with the McLean’s vehicle, according to the patrol.
“(McLean) tried to swerve to avoid the accident which caused the vehicles to hit right front to right front,” said Trooper Justin Sewell of Troop H District II that serves Scotland and Richmond counties.
Sewell said the impact of the accident caused fatal injuries to Shahara, the right front passenger in the 2010 Lincoln sedan. She was transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital where she later died as a result of her injuries.
Dorothy McLean, the victim’s 42-year-old mother, was driving the sedan. She was treated and released from Scotland Memorial Hospital along with Radford and her boyfriend, Jerrad Caulder, 42, who was passenger in the Camry, according to hospital staff.
As of Monday afternoon, no charges had been filed, but Trooper Sewell said the accident remains under investigation and the state Highway Patrol do believe drugs may have been a factor in the accident in addition to exceeding the posted speed limit.
“We are figuring out the details of the accident as quickly as possible for the family,” Sewell said.
According to Scotland County District Court documents, Radford is set to appear in court on Aug. 17 for a misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon charge; and on Sept. 8 for a driving while impaired traffic offense.
Amber Hatten can be reached at 910-506-3170.