An 83-year-old Franklin woman has died from injuries sustained in a two-car accident Friday morning.
According to North Carolina State Trooper Brandon Padgett, the victim, Evelyn Brendle Mashburn attempted to make a turn onto Kirkland Road off of U.S. 23 in a Mercury car when she was struck by a northbound Mercury Grand Marquis driven by 74-year-old Morris McClure of Gainesville, Ga.
“We believe she was trying to go to the beauty shop off of Kirkland Road. Unfortunately she failed to yield and attempted to make a left turn in front of Mr. McClure’s vehicle and was struck at the intersection.”
Trooper Padgett says Mashburn’s car then traveled off the right side of the road and up an embankment on the north shoulder of U.S. 23. McClure’s vehicle spun and took out the stop sign at Kirkland Road.
Mashburn was immediately flown to Mission Hospital’s Trauma Unit, but was pronounced dead later that evening at 6:31 p.m. McClure and his wife sustained injuries and were taken to Angel Medical Center. McClure’s wife, 73-year-old Charlotte McClure was later transferred to Mission. Mr. McClure was treated and released.
Padgett indicated all victims were wearing seatbelts, however, Mashburn’s car was not equipped with air bags,“Mr. McClure was traveling every bit of 55 and did not have time to react. All the force behind his vehicle was put on Ms. Mashburn’s vehicle. Regardless of age, that type of impact is going to cause some injuries or death.”
As of Tuesday, Charlotte McClure was taken back to Gainesville where she is expected to undergo surgery.