RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. – Troopers said a man driving his granddaughter to school died after his car went down an embankment and hit a tree Thursday morning in Randolph County.
Daniel Wayne Lovell, 72, of Ramseur, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck while his 17-year-old granddaughter, Ashley Nicole Lovell, of Asheboro, was airlifted to UNC Chapel Hill Hospital, according to Trooper KL Brooks.
Ashley Lovell’s exact condition remains unknown.
Brooks said Daniel Lovell was taking his granddaughter to Eastern Randolph High School after she missed the bus.
"He was doing his grandfatherly duty and it's a sad situation that it happened," Brooks said.
The wreck occurred around 8:15 a.m. near Iron Mountain Road between Old Stagecoach Road and Mountain Oak View Drive, Brooks said.
Brooks said Daniel Lovell was driving too fast when he veered to the right, over-corrected, went left of center, then over-corrected again and went off the right side of an embankment, crashing into a tree in Charles Hunter's front yard.
"I was the first one down there," Hunter said. "It sounded like the car had run off the road in the gravel and came back in the pavement and the tires were kind of skipping it sounded like."
Brooks said both victims were wearing seatbelts. Alcohol was not considered a factor, but speed was, he added.
Hunter said he sees cars speed up and down the road by his home regularly. He has ten grandchildren, so seeing this accident hits him a little harder. "It's just scary," he said.