A 16-year-old girl is fighting for her life after a Kill Devil Hills crash that occurred on the evening of January 26. She has been identified on a GoFundMe Page as Tatum Love, a student of First Flight High School.
The Kill Devil Hills crash happened on US 158 at East Palmetto Street and charges are pending against the driver of the other vehicle, 23-year-old Merlin Cole.
Investigators said Cole was driving a Volvo SUV when he turned onto US 158 without coming to a complete stop at the Palmetto Street stop sign. The SUV struck an oncoming Jeep Wrangler, forcing it to flip multiple times.
Cole and his passenger were unhurt. Meanwhile, Love was thrown from the backseat of the Jeep. The 17-year-old driver and a front-seat passenger suffered only minor injuries. Love was reportedly not wearing a seat belt but the other occupants of the Jeep were.
Cole reportedly tested positive for alcohol use on the scene and he was taken to Outer Banks Hospital for a blood test.
Love was in critical condition at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital up to Wednesday morning, January 27.
A GoFundMe Page has been set up to help Love’s family with her medical bills. The target is $80,000 and by Wednesday night, more than $50,000 had been raised.
Love is a member of her school’s swim and lacrosse teams and organizer Fiona McKenna said she had a warm, kind soul and had made many friends over the years.
If you suffered serious injuries in a crash, you may be entitled to compensation. A North Carolina car accident attorney can investigate the matter and advise you as to whether you have a case.