Wreck kills 2, injures 1
SALISBURY — A Christmas Day wreck on Harrison Road killed two men and left a woman critically injured.
Officials say Jairo Mercado, 18, of 525 Peach Orchard Road, and David Molina, 23, of 415 Chesapeake Drive, were killed Sunday when their speeding vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic.
It struck another car driven by Joyce Curl, 65, of 315 Roger Drive in Salisbury, who was listed in critical condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as of 10:30 p.m.
According to Trooper J. Page with the N.C. Highway Patrol, Mercado had been driving east on Harrison Road at about 75 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone.
The 1998 Buick hit a slight curve and ran off the right side of the road. Mercado apparently overcorrected, lost control and rode across the center line into westbound traffic, Page said.
The passenger side of the car collided with the front of Curl’s 2009 Nissan. Mercado and Molina both died at the scene.