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Investigators release information on deadly collision

Police have released the name of a woman whose unborn baby died following a Friday morning head-on collision at the intersection of South Main and West Horah streets.

Salisbury Police say LaToya Nicole Abel, whom officials believed was around 35 weeks pregnant, was injured in the crash that resulted in the death of her baby. Abel was taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and transferred to another area hospital. It is not clear to which hospital she was transferred. Hospital officials at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Carolinas Medical Center say Abel is not a patient.

Abel, who is believed to be from Davie County, was traveling north on South Main Street when her 2011 Chevrolet crossed the center line and collided with a 2002 Ford F250 pickup. The crash occurred at 12:01 p.m. She was not wearing a seatbelt, but was not ejected from the vehicle. It is unclear if she blacked out or had a medical emergency. Police say alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Police say she was speeding, but officials are working to obtain final results on the speed limit. No new details were available Tuesday regarding the crash.

The truck was driven by Tommy Euart, 65, of Salisbury, who police say stopped when he saw the approaching vehicle. Euart honked his horn to warn Abel, but was struck. He did not appear to be injured.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.


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