• February 13, 2020

Keytiada Cooke and Charles Love Killed in Car Accident in Gastonia, NC

Gastonia, NC -- A lethal car accident took the lives of Keytiada Cooke and Charles Love. The tragedy struck early Sunday morning on February 3, 2020 in Gastonia, North Carolina.

According to initial reports from local law enforcement, the crash happened along East Long Avenue around 2 am. Katelyn Abernathy drove up on the sidewalk, where she then struck Cooke and Love. 31-year-old Cooke, mother of four, and 61-year-old Love died at the scene.

Police state Abernathy momentarily got out of her vehicle, looked at the victims, then fled the scene. A witness followed Abernathy home, and called the police. Doctors told the Cooke family she may have survived if she made it to the hospital sooner.

Jet Leach, Cooke's sister is looking for justice. "If, by any chance, [Abernathy] would have called 911 at the time of the accident, my sister probably would have made it," Leach said.

Abernathy's bail is set for $1 million. The investigation is ongoing.

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