Davidson County mom crashes while fleeing checkpoint; son critically injured
DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Troopers say a Winston-Salem woman and her son were taken to the hospital after the mother crashed while fleeing a license checkpoint in Davidson County.
The single-vehicle wreck occurred shortly before 12:45 p.m. Friday on Hidden Creek Road.
State troopers say that before the crash, Tameka Sherri Rhyne, 38, attempted to drive away from a checkpoint on the U.S. Highway 52 off-ramp for Hickory Tree Road.
Tameka Rhyne’s son, 19-year-old Daquan Rhyne, who was a passenger in the Pontiac Grand Prix she was she was driving, was ejected from the vehicle and suffered life-threatening injuries, troopers told The Lexington-Dispatch.
Tameka and Daquan Rhyne were both taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the paper reports. As of Monday night, Daquan has been upgraded to good condition. His mother has been released from the hospital.
Trooper Austin Beck pursued the suspect vehicle for about 2.5 miles before Tameka Rhyne lost control and collided with a brick column at the entrance of the Hidden Creek subdivision. The vehicle then apparently went airborne, hitting at least five trees before overturning.
Troopers believe Ryhne was going well over 80 mph.
The impact knocked the engine out of the car, which then caught fire, The-Dispatch reports.
Brian Kirk lives near the crash and was on the road when it happened.
“Total disregard to anyone else’s life,” he said.
A trooper told The-Dispatch it appears Tameka Rhyne was driving with a suspended license.
The incident is still being investigated and charges are pending.
The Lexington Dispatch contributed to this report.