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A Waccamaw School third-grader was killed in a four-vehicle crash in Hoke County on Friday after a car sideswiped the limousine she was riding in on the way to her grandmother’s funeral.
The driver of the car was charged with death by motor vehicle and driving left of center.
Cheyenne Thomas was killed after David Douglas Deming, 32, of Fort Carson, Colo., driving northwest on N.C. 211 in Raeford, came out of a curve, went left of center and sideswiped two limousines in the funeral procession, according to a report from the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Deming’s 2003 Chevrolet then collided with a fourth vehicle, ran off the southeast bound shoulder and came to a stop upside down. The first limousine was forced off the southeast shoulder and then went back across the road, ran off the northwest shoulder and overturned.
The second limousine was forced off the southeast shoulder before coming to a stop. The fourth vehicle came to a stop on the southeast shoulder, according to the Highway Patrol report.
At Waccamaw, principal Beverly Marlowe said the school system’s community crisis response team was at the school all day Monday to provide support for students and staff.
The team members provide group and individual counseling and also give suggestions to parents to help their children deal with traumatic events.
Marlowe also sent a letter home containing suggestions for parents and to alert them to symptoms of possible long-term trauma that could result.
Marlowe said this was Cheyenne’s first year at Waccamaw, and she had already made an impression. She loved reading and was well liked, Marlowe said.
“Her father said she wanted to be a teacher. He showed me her treasure book from Supply Elementary, and she indicated that she wanted to be a teacher someday. She loved school. She was a very friendly, very happy child.”
Waccamaw School was to host a memorial service for Cheyenne Wednesday afternoon.