Archived Story

U.S. 74/I-26 accident injures mom and child

Published 4:46pm Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mom charged with DWI, child abuse, reckless driving

A one-vehicle wreck along U.S. 74 just before I-26 Tuesday, Feb. 26 seriously injured a mother and her 2-year old son, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

N.C. State Trooper Grady McGraw said Jessica Rhodes, of Arden, was driving a Honda passenger vehicle westbound along U.S. 74 in Columbus around 7:30 p.m. when she ran off the road to the left and struck a tree.

Rhodes was charged with driving while impaired, misdemeanor child abuse, child unrestrained and reckless driving, according to McGraw.

McGraw said Rhodes’2-year old son was in a child-restraining seat in the back of the car, but he was not buckled.

Emergency crews had to cut Rhodes out of the vehicle because she was entrapped, McGraw said. The 2-year old was not entrapped.

Although a helicopter was called, it was unable to arrive because of foggy conditions. Both were transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center by ambulance with significant injuries, according to McGraw.

Editor's Picks

Editorial: Divisive prayer alienated citizens

Everyone deserves the right to free speech. Few will argue this point more staunchly than those who work in the newspaper industry.  Even we have ... Read more  | 2 comments

Bathanti will judge Lanier Library’s poetry competition

North Carolina’s Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti will judge for this year’s Sidney Lanier Poetry Competition. Bathanti is the author of eight books of poetry as ... Read more