Toddler seriously injured in two-vehicle crash; driver leaves scene
Published 2:11 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017
By Shavonne Walker
SALISBURY — A man ran from a two-vehicle crash that critically injured a toddler at North Long and Kenley streets Tuesday.
Police want to find him.
The crash occurred about 5:35 p.m. Tuesday and involved a 2000 Ford Expedition that was struck head-on by a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado. Salisbury police officials said the driver of the pickup crossed the center line.
The driver of the sport utility vehicle was Tanya Steele. She had leg and arm injuries and was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where her child was also flown by helicopter. Another child, Trina Ford, 2, was not injured.
Steele’s son, Jah’Tavis Ford, 2, was listed in critical condition.
Police Lt. Greg Beam said Jah’Tavis was not properly restrained, but his sister was properly restrained in a child seat.
Passenger Movell Daniels Jr. was treated for a broken foot at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Passenger Orlando Blackwell Jr. was injured on his left foot and had glass in his right arm. Blackwell was also treated and released from Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
A third passenger, Qwanisha Lark, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, received minor injuries. She was treated and released from the hospital.
Beam said Daniels and Blackwell were believed to be seated in the second row and the children in the third row.
The owner of the truck, Michael Lynn Beck, was a passenger in the pickup. Police say Beck was not cooperative and told officers that he knew only the first name of the man driving his vehicle, which was possibly Mark. Beck was not injured.
Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.