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.