Wrong-way driver kills Mother of three

North Carolina (August 20, 2011)  A woman driving the wrong way on Interstate 95 killed the driver of a vehicle and seriously injured four others in a deadly head-on collision.  The fatal crash happened around 3 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Exit 31- St. Pauls.  According to the North Carolina Highway patrol, Elfi Elizabeth Roth, 52, was driving a 1997 Chrysler south in the northbound lanes of I-95.

Police had received reports of a vehicle traveling the wrong-way on I-95 when Roth’s vehicle was near mile marker 38, seven miles before the fatal crash.  Troopers were responding to the calls when Roth slammed head-on into a vehicle driven by Aimee Harby. Harby hit the brakes and swerved to try and avoid the collision.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Harby, 37, was returning from Myrtle Beach, had her mother, Judy Snell and three young children in the car.  The children, Nathan Harby, 5, Amanda Harby, 10 and 8-year-old Conner Harby were transported to Southeastern Regional Medical Center.  Amanda Harby and Conner Harby sustained serious injuries; Nathan was treated and released.

Judy Snell was also seriously injured and transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Investigators do not know why Roth was traveling the wrong direction on I-95.  A blood sample from Elizabeth Roth was taken will take six weeks to be analyzed.

7 Thoughts on “Wrong-way driver kills Mother of three

  1. Mary C Stoner on August 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm said:

    I pasted this tragic accident returning to SC from a trip to visit family in WV. The sheets had already beeen placed over both vehicles and we saw an ambulance leaving the scene without any sirens or lights on … another one had its scretcher out …. there were so many firetrucks and police cars along with ambulances … My prayers go out to these families so impacted by this tragedy. My heart still breaks today after seeing this aftermath and now learning the loss of a mother to 3 young children …. GOD BLESS your precious hearts.

    • Mary C Stoner on August 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm said:

      Does anybody know where the family was from?

    • Norma Murphy on September 4, 2011 at 8:16 pm said:

      Lived in the neighborhood of ms Roth. Does anyone know how the others involved are doing in this sad situation. Never could find a obituary for ms Roth in Fayetteville NC. Anyone have any info?

  2. star rosmmann on August 23, 2011 at 5:59 pm said:

    this family is from FARMINGHTON NY-IN BETWEEN SYRACUSE AND ROCHESTER NY
    we work with the father of the daughter killed and his wife was in the car-serious injuries to both legs. his grandkids -1 in icu on a ventilator the other in care.
    this family lost their home few yrs back to fire then the father had a heartattack at work and now this. the dad was when here when he got the call-their are 2 twin boys and another daughter -all were home.
    the father of the children was up here too and send down there.the father of the daughter killed works 2 jobs and they all need your prayers.. ty

    • Mary C Stoner on August 24, 2011 at 10:09 pm said:

      Dear Star … thank you so much for this information … my heart breaks for this family … my daughter and grandchild were traveling with me when we saw this tragic accident. Please tell the family that prayers from a stanger in SC are going up for them … and again thank you so much.

    • Norma Murphy on September 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm said:

      My prayers and heartfelt thoughts are with this family So sorry. I understand ms. Roth’s only living family was an elderly sick. father in Rothenburg Germany. As neighbors here, we know nothing more except that she is deceased. She was a sick lady driving with little visibiity in both eyes. Was scheduled for glaucoma surgery the following Wed after her death. Understand that breath analyzer had recently been removed from her vehicle..maybe less than a couple of weeks prior to this tragedy. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Her home sits empty..no signs of anythng.

  3. Rick Harby on September 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm said:

    I am the father of the 3 children who were in the vehicle, and the husband of Aimee Harby. The children are doing great physically at this point, and were able to attend their first day of school this week. Emotionally, there is a long road ahead, they have taken first steps down that road, with many more to come. I would like anyone who was at the accident and helped the children out to reach out to me, the police don’t take down any names of anyone who didn’t actually see the accident, and my understanding is no one was around when it occurred. However, the first vehicles that passed, stopped and were brave enough to approach the crash and help my children out of the car in a time when I’m certain they were terrified. It would my own mind at ease as well as be comforting to be able to discuss with the children if I knew what happened the moments after the crash, so please if you know anyone who helped with this accident reply here. Thank you for all your support.

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