2nd person dies in fiery wrong-way crash on Hwy 52

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A second person has died as a result of a fiery wrong-way crash that happened on Highway 52 in Winston-Salem this past weekend. 

Lori Ann Hawks, 34, of Rural Hall, died on Tuesday.  She had been in critical condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center since the crash, which happened on Highway 52 north of the Main Street exit on Sunday morning. 

Benjamin Todd Turpin, 36, of Denton, was driving a 1991 Buick sedan south in the northbound lanes of the highway when he collided head-on with the 2005 Chevrolet SUV that Hawks was riding in. 

The sedan caught fire after the crash and Turpin was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Wendy Stoltz Ellender, 38, of Kernersville, was driving the SUV.  As of last notice, she remained in critical condition at Wake Forest Baptist. 

Police have not said if alcohol or any impairing substances were involved. 

Ken Winfrey, president of the North Forsyth High School Athletics Booster Club, said Hawks' two oldest sons are involved in several athletic programs at the school.

Winfrey said Hawks was a "devoted member" of the Booster Club.  He said the "Viking family is heartbroken" and described Hawks as a devoted mother and dear friend. 

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