PEMBROKE — A mother and her daughter, a student at Pembroke Middle School, died Monday in a two-vehicle crash near Pembroke.
Several more people were injured in the traffic accident that occurred just before 8 a.m. on Deep Branch Road, according to multiple sources. No additional information was available as of Monday evening.
“A seventh-grade student at Pembroke Middle School died in a two-car accident on Monday morning. Interim Superintendent (Shanita) Wooten and district administrators joined additional school counselors on campus throughout Monday to talk with students and staff and to provide support during this difficult time,” Tasha Oxendine, Public Relations officer for the Public Schools of Robeson County, wrote in a statement.
In an unrelated accident, a Pembroke man was killed Sunday in a hit-and-run incident.
Kent Oxendine, 23, of 3023 Evergreen Road, Pembroke, was walking south on Evergreen Road, about four miles from Pembroke, when he was struck and killed about 10:54 p.m., according to Sgt. Ron Wright, of the state Highway Patrol.
Wright said an investigation, which included anonymous tips and recovered car parts, led to Paul Locklear Jr., 30, of 25 Locklear Road. Locklear was charged Sunday night with felony hit-and-run after law enforcement officers located his vehicle, a dark gray 2005 GMC Yukon Denali.
“We had a basic idea on the make and model of the vehicle from parts that remained at the scene,” Wright said. “That helped lead to an arrest.”
Locklear is free on a $75,000 bond.
According to Oxendine’s social media account he studied welding at Robeson County Community College and attended Purnell Swett High School.
Condolences from family, friends and classmates popped up on social media throughout the day on Monday.
Andre Chavis had a message for his cousin that read, “What a sorry world we live in today, my little cousin was just struck by an SUV while walking not far from his house, as the driver kept going fleeing the scene. Kent Oxendine, I’ve always did everything I could do for you, when you asked. Love you very much and you will be missed, tell Gma Lula I love her.”
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