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3-year-old, mother killed in wrong-way crash, NC troopers say

Troopers said a 3-year-old boy and his mother died after a wrong-way crash in Ashe County Monday morning.

ASHE COUNTY, N.C. — A 3-year-old boy and his mother died after a wrong-way crash on Highway 221 in Ashe County Monday, North Carolina State Highway Patrol said. 

Troopers were called to a crash along U.S. 221 near Shatley Road a few minutes after 7 a.m. on Oct. 18. When troopers reached the scene, they found two vehicles that were involved in an apparent head-on crash. 

Troopers said the driver of a 2005 Honda CRV driving south crossed the center line and hit a 1988 Ford Mustang head-on. The driver of the Ford, who was not hurt, swerved left to avoid the collision, troopers said. 

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The driver of the Honda was serious injured in the crash and was flown to a hospital for treatment. 

Highway Patrol said 22-year-old Harley Marie Taylor, a passenger in the Ford, died at the scene. Her 3-year-old son, Bentley Taylor, was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem but died early Tuesday morning. Troopers said he was properly restrained in a car seat. Neither Taylor nor the driver of the Ford were buckled in, troopers said. 

Charges are pending the ongoing investigation and consultation with the Ashe County District Attorney. 

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