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Mother accused of driving while impaired during North Carolina crash that killed 7-year-old

Theresa Peterson

HARNETT COUNTY, N.C. — A woman is facing criminal charges after crashing and killing her daughter in Harnett County on Thursday, according to North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

WTVD reported that Theresa Peterson was driving north on NC 210 with five children in her car. When her vehicle went off the right side of the road, she overcorrected and went all the way across the highway, flipping over and landing in a ditch.

During the crash, 7-year-old Aniyah Peterson was ejected from the vehicle. She was the only child in the car not wearing a seat belt. First responders pronounced her dead at the scene.

Family members in court Friday said Aniyah was Peterson’s daughter. Investigators said Peterson was impaired while driving.

Peterson faces eight criminal charges including felony death by vehicle, felony child abuse, reckless driving and more. Her bond was set at $200,000.

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