A table of flowers make up a memorial for Melissa Hawes on Friday at Salon Moxie.

Telegram photo / Alan Campbell

A table of flowers make up a memorial for Melissa Hawes on Friday at Salon Moxie.

Woman killed in wreck remembered fondly

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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A Rocky Mount salon owner was killed Thursday night as she drove to her house in Hollister.

N.C. Highway Patrol officials said Melissa Hawes was driving a 2013 Nissan west on N.C. 561 when she ran off the road near Littleton. The 39-year-old woman’s vehicle ran off the left side of the road, collided with a ditch and overturned. Authorities said Hawes was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. Hawes died at the scene.

“Her husband’s grandmother came to the salon right after the accident and hugged one of our stylists and told her,” Salon Moxie stylist Matt Seigel said.

Officials said it was raining when the single-vehicle wreck occurred and it is unclear how fast she was going.

Hawes had been an owner of the salon for two years, but had worked at several other Rocky Mount salons for the last two decades.

“She was so well liked. So many people have been stopping by with flowers or offering donations,” Seigel said. “Everybody knew her and everybody loved her.”

For those close to Hawes, they’ll remember the wife and mother of two young girls effervescent personality.

“She liked everyone and was the life of the party,” Seigel said. “She was the type of person that if you put a radio in the room with her, it might as well be a club.

“We love her and are going to miss her.”