Troopers and deputies are investigating two deaths after an early-morning wreck on I-85.


DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. – Troopers and deputies are investigating two deaths after an early-morning wreck on I-85.

According to Highway Patrol, 33-year-old Courtney Michelle Brown was driving south on I-85 North on Monday after midnight. She exited at the on-ramp onto Highway 64, crossed both lanes and then hit a tree off the exit ramp.

Troopers say Brown was not wearing a seat belt and no alcohol was involved.

Less than a mile from the accident, a driver saw a body on the side of I-85 North and called 911.

Investigators say it was a man's body. Brown's sister, Stephanie, said the man was dating her sister and was the father of the victim's eight-month-old son.

"I just don't understand what happened last night," said Stephanie Brown.

She got concerned Sunday night when Courtney wasn't answering her phone calls. "I'm going to go ahead and report the car stolen," recalled Brown. "By the time I made the phone call, state troopers were coming to the door and they told me my sister was gone."

Brown couldn't believe it, her 33-year-old baby sister, gone. Making this situation even tougher, besides her eight-month-old son, Courtney also leaves behind a 13-year-old daughter. "I would trade places with her," said Brown. 'She is not going to be her for both of the kids."

A lot of sorrow and still a lot of questions, but not many answers. "I just want to know what happened last night," said Brown. "What happened that caused this to take both of their lives."

The sheriff's office said the man had a head injury. His family told investigators that he called asking them to pick him up before the accident, but his phone died before he could give them any information.

The bodies of both Brown and the man are at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill.

Read or Share this story: