• January 12, 2023

Lily Jane Taylor Killed in Truck Accident near Albemarle, NC

Albemarle, NC -- January 11, 2023, Lily Jane Taylor was killed following an accident where a truck crashed into her vehicle.

Preliminary information given in the news said that the incident happened along Highway 24-27 in the area of Sweet Home Church Road.

According to investigators, 18-year-old Lily Taylor was in a vehicle traveling westbound on the highway. From oncoming lanes, it appears a Ford F-550 crossed the center line, sideswiped a westbound commercial vehicle, then crashed head-on into Taylor's vehicle.

Lily Jane Taylor Killed in Truck Accident near Albemarle, NC

Due to the collision, Taylor succumbed to fatal injuries. The Ford driver, identified as Steven Pruitt, was taken to a hospital. Reports indicate that he was charged, but the charges weren't specified. With a crash like this, it could be all kinds of charges, assuming they're even related to the crash.

Was the driver speeding? Were they on a suspended license? Was their vehicle not properly maintained? Was this crash the result of a dangerous work environment? Poor training? Does this driver have a history of reckless driving? Were substances or alcohol involved? Have authorities pulled cell phone records?

I know folks may think this is all just a matter of time before there are appropriate consequences. Police said there were charges being filed, so what more is there to discuss? But those charges aren't likely to go far enough if there are other existing issues those charges fail to address. Are steps being taken to address those potential problems?

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