A Nash County woman was killed Thursday on West Castalia Road after the car she was driving struck an oncoming tractor-trailer after she went left to avoid striking a vehicle being driven by her son, who was ahead of her and who had rear-ended a pickup truck, authorities said.
Mona Battle, 57, died at the scene, which was on the segment of West Castalia east of a country store near Womble Road, state Trooper Timothy Bowling said.
Bowling received the call at 12:13 p.m. to go to the scene, which was northwest of Red Oak.
Battle, of the 10800 block of Lancaster Store Road, was alone and driving west on West Castalia in a 2000 Honda, Bowling said. She was following her son, Thomas Battle, 26, of the same address as his mother, who was alone driving a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Bowling said.
Thomas Battle was behind Ronald Adkins, 62, of the 400 block of West Castalia, who was driving his 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck, Bowling said.
Adkins began turning right to enter his driveway, but Thomas Battle struck the pickup from behind, Bowling said.
Mona Battle snatched the steering wheel of her car in an attempt to take evasive action to the left, Bowling said.
Mona Battle’s car crossed the center line and went into the path of an eastbound 1996 Kenworth being driven by Ricky Bobbitt, 58, Bowling said.
According to Bowling, Mona Battle’s car went slightly more than 47 yards from the point of impact.
The tractor-trailer pushed the car back eastbound and the car ended up in a ditch, facing west, Bowling said. The 18-wheeler also ended up in a ditch, Bowling said.
The 18-wheeler was found to be registered to FAC Enterprises Inc. Bobbitt, of the 9500 block of Lancaster Store Road, had been pulling an empty trailer, Bowling said.
All of the drivers had been wearing their seatbelts and Mona Battle’s seatbelt still was fastened when emergency personnel began working to remove her body from her car, Bowling said.
None of the drivers had been exceeding the posted speed limit, which is 55 mph, Bowling said.
Thomas Battle, however, was cited for failure to reduce speed and he is due on May 22 in Nash County District Court, Bowling said.