A Hinsdale, Illinois man and his daughter were killed in a North Carolina crash on December 15. Officials say the Kia SUV in which they were traveling veered off an interstate highway and struck a tree.
The victims have been identified as 59-year-old Robert D. Pickering and his 15-year-old daughter Kendall. The accident occurred around 6:49 p.m. The duo reportedly went to visit colleges in North Carolina.
They were heading south on Interstate 85 about 25 miles northeast of Charlotte when the accident happened, according to North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Ned Moultrie.
Moultrie said a police report indicated that the vehicle ran off the right side of the road and hit a drainage ditch. It then went down an embankment and into a tree. Both individuals died at the scene.
No information has been released about why the vehicle left the roadway. Investigations into the crash are continuing.
Kendall was a Hinsdale Central sophomore. She was an outstanding swimmer for the Red Devils and she helped her team to win the 12-team Hinsdale Central Sectional in October.
The teenager’s friend Baileigh Racky said Kendall was a good person who enjoyed dancing and goofing off and wanted to participate in the Olympics. She said she couldn’t believe it when her mom told her that Kendall died.
The principal of Hinsdale Central, William Walsh, issued a statement following the fatal accident. He said Kendall was a beloved member of the school community and she displayed a strong work ethic, dedication, and leadership both in the classroom and the pool.
If you lost a loved one in a crash, you may be able to recover damages. Seek advice from a North Carolina car accident lawyer.