RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. – The daughter of BK Racing crew chief Joe Williams was killed in a vehicle accident in the Seagrove community Saturday afternoon.
According to Master Highway Patrol Trooper Chris Knox, 25-year-old Stephanie Rembert died after being airlifted to the hospital.
Knox said the wreck happened on Burney Road, part of the Seagrove community of Randolph County. Rembert was driving northbound in a four-door 2004 Toyota Tundra, Knox said, when she went off the right side of the road and hit a tree.
Rembert was airlifted to the hospital with critical injuries and later died.
Rembert’s two children, ages 9 and 7, were also in the vehicle. Knox said some media were reporting the younger child as 6 years old, but his report on the wreck said the child was 7.
The children were taken to Randolph Hospital with minor injuries, Knox explained.
Terry Lester lives across the street from where the crash happened. He helped rescue the two children.
"After I heard the crash, I came out to see what was going on. I heard the little kids screaming so I broke the door open and got them out. I didn't know if mom was OK but me and another gentleman called 911," Lester said.
Lester said Stephanie was trapped so they couldn't help her until the rescue crews arrived. He and other neighbors were sad to hear she didn't make it.
Knox said investigators do not suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash. Knox said investigators do not think Rembert was wearing a seatbelt and added that speed may have been a factor in the accident.
Williams is the crew chief for the No. 23 Sprint Cup Toyota driven by J.J. Yeley. Funeral arrangements for his daughter are pending.
Kate Fegley, director of public relations and marketing for BK Racing, told FOX8 this was shocking news to their whole team. "We are deeply saddened, especially so close to Christmas. It`s never a good time to have anything like that happen but especially so close to the holidays. We`re really just all expressing our sympathy to Joe and his family and try to support him any way that we can."
Friends and colleagues were posting about the wreck online, sharing condolences and pictures this weekend.
A GoFund Me page was set up for her surviving children and to help with funeral expenses.