CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C.— Posted: 12:11 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010
Catawba County investigators said alcohol was involved in a crash that killed a 4-year-old just west of Maiden.Troopers said Tina Travis, 21, hit a car Monday in a convenience store parking lot at the corner of Startown Road and Blackburn Bridge Road, not far from her home. They said when the car’s owner confronted her and went to call police, Travis sped off toward Lincoln County and lost control of her vehicle, causing it to hit three trees.
Travis was thrown from the pickup truck, which landed on top of her. She was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where family members said her condition is improving.
Her son, Anthony Wright, was also ejected and died at the scene. Troopers said neither he nor his mother was wearing a seat belt, and the child may have been standing in the front seat.
Troopers said Travis was driving without a license, which had been revoked because of a previous driving-while-impaired charge. She was convicted of driving while impaired in 2007 and was arrested in December on a DWI charge.
Investigators said that at the time of the crash, she was driving between 80 and 90 mph. They also believe she may have been impaired.
Troopers are turning their investigation over to the district attorney’s office, which will determine if charges will be filed.
The mother of a 4-year-old boy killed in a Catawba County crash on Jan. 18 was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder.Troopers said 21-year-old Tina Travis was drinking before she hit a parked car in a convenience store parking lot at the corner of Startown Road and Blackburn Bridge Road west of Maiden. They said when the owner of the car tried to call police, Travis sped off, lost control of her vehicle and hit three trees. She and her son, Anthony Wright, were thrown from the pickup truck.
Wright, who was standing in the front seat without a seat belt on, was pronounced dead at the scene. Travis suffered serious injuries and was released from the hospital on Tuesday.
A search warrant states Travis was drunk at the time of the crash but investigators would not reveal her blood alcohol level.
“The death of the 4-year-old child, Anthony, is a tragedy and the community’s very upset over it and mourning it,” said district attorney Jay Gaither.“Certainly no one feels that today this is something we looked forward to.“
Troopers said Travis was going between 80 and 90 mph and driving without a license, which had been revoked because of a previous driving-while-impaired charge. She was convicted of driving while impaired in 2007 and was arrested in December on a DWI charge.
Travis will make her first appearance in court Friday. She is being held in the Catawba County Jail on $150,000 bond.