Highway Patrol: Crash claims life of 6-year-old Greensboro firefighter’s daughter |
GREENSBORO – Members of the Greensboro Fire Department support another family affected by tragedy in recent days.
A State Highway Patrol spokesperson said the agency was notified on Wednesday that the 6-year-old daughter of Greensboro firefighter Sherone Lee Shoffner died of injuries sustained in an accident Sunday morning in Trinity. .
Sunday’s crash happened less than 24 hours after longtime Greensboro firefighter Rick Murrell died in a crash Saturday afternoon at Browns Summit that also seriously injured his wife; a 16-year-old boy faces charges in the crash.
Soldiers said Shoffner, 43, and his family were taken to Moses Cone Hospital after the crash, which happened at 5:50 a.m. Sunday on southbound Interstate 85 near Finch Farm Road in Randolph County.
Natisha Lafaye Poindexter, 41, of Burlington was traveling south on Interstate-85 in a 2021 Chevrolet Traverse when troopers said she failed to slow down and hit the back of Burlington’s 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Shoffner.
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Both vehicles left the road to the right and struck a series of trees, the Highway Patrol said in a news release.
Shoffner, and three passengers in his vehicle, Latasha Boykins Shoffner, 36, and two children, ages 14 and 6, were seriously injured, putting their lives at risk, according to the press release.
Poindexter and two passengers in his vehicle, Sharon Tennille Brower, 45, of Raleigh, and a 9-year-old child, were seriously injured and were taken to Moses Cone Hospital, the soldiers said in the news release.
Charges are pending against Poindexter. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor to the crash, the soldiers said, noting it was an ongoing investigation.
More details emerge
After Saturday’s fatal crash at Browns Summit, the community is learning more about the 15-year-old passenger whose identity has not been released by Highway Patrol due to her age.
Sarah Elizabeth Martin of Kernersville was a passenger in the Dodge Charger driven by her friend Alexio Lattero, a young volunteer with Fire District 28 in Gibsonville. Martin and Lattero’s sister, Anna Shyann Lattero, 26, of Reidsville, both died at the scene.
An obituary for Martin said she was a rising junior at Glenn High School and a straight student. She has been active in the technology department of theater, participated in the academic club, and was a member of the Creative Writing Club, among other interests.
Murrell’s wife, Tonya R. Murrell, 50, of Reidsville, a former Reidsville High School teacher, survived the crash but remained in critical but stable condition Thursday at Moses Cone Hospital.
Alexio Lattero is recovering and is expected to be released from Moses Cone Hospital soon, a Highway Patrol spokesperson said Monday.
Lattero was charged with three counts of misdemeanor motor vehicle death, exceeding a safe speed and driving left of center. A Highway Patrol spokesperson said Lattero is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. on September 12 in Greensboro.
Another tragic accident over the weekend claimed the life of a 17-year-old firefighter from Walnut Cove.
Landon Munn was a typical 17-year-old, someone who always wanted to make everyone around him smile and laugh, said his father Randy Munn.
He dreamed of becoming a firefighter, his father said.
On Sunday evening, the teenager was seriously injured in a wreck in Rockingham County which injured two other teenagers. Landon Munn died on Monday.
Munn was a rising senior at Walkertown High School.
The fire department has placed a sign and his uniform outside the station and is working with the family to honor his memory, Walker said.
According to a State Highway Patrol news release, at 7:26 p.m. Sunday, Munn and two passengers were seriously injured in a car crash on Sardis Church Road near Lindsey Bridge Road in Rockingham County.
Soldiers said Munn left the road and over-corrected, sending the vehicle onto the road where it hit a ditch and overturned. Everyone was ejected from the vehicle, the patrol said; no one was wearing a seat belt.
Trooper Brian Martin said the other two passengers, Kendall Flinchum and Billy Dunlap Jr., both 17, were released from hospital.
Randy Munn expressed the need for people to wear their seatbelts.
He said his son intended to become a firefighter after completing his role as a junior firefighter because it was a way to give back to his community.
Randy Munn has described times when Munn would leave the house late at night to help a friend whose car broke down or a neighbor in need.
“He was always there for everyone,” he said.
The Winston-Salem Journal contributed to this report.
Contact Annette Ayres at 336-373-7019.