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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A family is grieving and an ambulance driver is charged a day after a deadly traffic crash in Brunswick County.

Sarah Allen was just a month away from her 20th birthday. She died yesterday after investigators say an ambulance ran a red light near Shallotte.

“She was a beautiful child. Very sweet,” Sarah’s mother Deborah Allen said.

Allen says her 19-year-old daughter was headed to class at Brunswick Community College Monday morning, but she never made it.

Allen spoke to her daughter moments before she was hit by an ambulance troopers say ran a red light.

“she told me good bye around 8:45 yesterday morning,” Allen said. “I had asked if she had any breakfast. She said she was going to stop along the way and get something. We told each other we love her like we always do, always tell her to be safe like we always do.”

Allen says Sarah was in her first year of cosmetology school and was looking forward to her future.

“She would have wanted to get married one day and have children,” her mother said.

But while this Oak Island family grieves, many ask questions about the crash.

Investigators say the ambulance did not have its lights on and did not yield the right of way at the stop light. The ambulance was taking a non-emergency case to the hospital when it slammed into the teen’s sedan.

The driver of the ambulance, Joseph David Fancher, has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.

This is not the first time the 45-year-old has been in trouble behind the wheel. Fancher’s list of traffic violations include driving without a license, expired inspection, no seat belt, no insurance, and speeding.

The Allen family did not want to say much about the details of the crash, but did want to share some advice with parents.

“Hold your family tight and close to you,” Allen said.

We contacted Amera-Tech, the company that owns the ambulance, for a comment, but we have not heard back.

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2016 years 2 months ago

Everyone who has been so quick to judge the driving record of the ambulance
driver never once has questioned the victim’s past substance abuse history or HER toxicology results. Think and get all your facts straight before you start throwing stones at glass houses because you would be surprised at what you may find. RIP Sarah. I hope that you have found the peace that you were looking for and that your inner demons have finally been defeated. My heart and prayers are with your family and friends that loved you so very much.

2016 years 2 months ago

In response to your #1 – let me just say. I would love to be able to ticket the sheriff and highway patrol. There are some good ones out there, but if you have ever been on Hwy 17, you will see that most of those driving sheriff cars and highway patrol cars wouldn’t know the speed limit if it hit them over the head. I am not talking about those running their lights. I am talking about normal driving conditions. Go through Shallotte on any day of the week and you will see the same thing. I don’t know… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

There are many times I’ve seen LEO fly down the road then pull over next to a buddy (not on a call), I’ve seen them burn rubber leaving places just for fun, Talking on their Cells to people completely unrelated to law enforcement, I was beside one that actually wasn’t speeding but he had the phone to his ear for about 15 miles and I’m sure it wasn’t to dispatch. Nobody is perfect, nobody is blameless. Mistakes happen and we don’t truly know the facts. I mean this is the news we are talking about here, not exactly the biggest… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

I believe hes more upset over the loss of the young woman’s life then anything.

2016 years 2 months ago

This is a dangerous area with a lot more accidents then should happen in one spot. IT is sad this young woman died. condolences to her family. The man driving the ambulance will have to live with this, I think ambulances should always have their lights, sirens on when transporting patients, life threatening or not. If they are going to run red lights etc the siren should be on!

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