India McBride, Dearia Davis Killed in Wrong-Way Accident on I-440 in Raleigh, NC
Raleigh, NC — November 15, 2022, 19-year-old India McBride and 20-year-old Dearia Davis died in a collision with a tow truck on I-440 in Raleigh.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. along I-440 near exit 13 toward New Bern Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests McBride was driving a Honda Civic the wrong direction in the eastbound lanes of the highway when she collided with an oncoming flatbed tow truck.
McBride and her passenger Davis were fatally injured in the crash. The truck driver received non-life-threatening injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on India McBride, Dearia Davis Accident in Raleigh
People tend to read about a wrong-way wreck like this and jump straight to blaming the person headed the wrong direction. In most similar crashes the wrong-way driver is ultimately found to be at fault, but that still can't be taken for granted without first learning all the accident's details. For all anyone knows the victim got disoriented in an unfamiliar or poorly-lit area, or maybe signage or road markings there weren't clear in the dark. Her car could also have malfunctioned and crossed over just a few moments before the crash, or she might have had a medical emergency that took her control away.
Some explanations may not statistically be as likely as others, but all I'm saying is it's not fair or right to decide what happened before clear facts can tell the story. Two women lost their lives here, and it doesn't seem right to add the insult of prematurely blaming the young driver to that. Only time and further investigation could say for certain what occurred, so I hope police--or if not them, independent professionals with more tools and training--will give the matter the time and careful attention it deserves.