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HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The holiday travel season has already gotten off to a deadly start. One person died in an accident along Holden Beach Rd. in Brunswick County this morning.

Investigators say a wet road contributed to the crash. Now one family is mourning the loss of a loved one, while another driver faces criminal charges.

“It was just tragic. It’s a holiday weekend, and you think that would never happen to you,” said Kathyrine Donaldson, who says she was working at her desk at Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning on NC 130 in Holden Beach when she heard a loud bang.

“I immediately got on my cell phone and called 911 and noticed the car had flipped over and was in the ditch, and they were trying to pull people out, and they were just screaming,” Donaldson said.

Highway Patrol says Mark Teague, 25, of Supply, died in the crash. Troopers say Teague and his wife were traveling on Holden Beach Rd. just before 10 a.m.

They say a car driven by Rhonda Varnam, 52, of Supply, hydroplaned and crossed the center line and hit the Teagues’ car.

Donaldson says she believes the two cars hit head-on.

“The turn is really sharp, so I can just assume that one of them crossed over, and with the roads being wet and trying to scoot back over, it just didn’t really happen,” she said.

Teague’s wife and Varnam were transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. There’s no update yet on their condition.

Highway Patrol says Varnam will be charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

The highway patrol says last year 15 motorists were killed and 391 were injured on North Carolina highways during the holiday season.

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Britney Teague
2015 years 11 months ago

My husband and I where on our way to Holden Beach Food Lion when we got hit. The road was slippery we were going between 40 45 Road Condition when my husbands last words to me was ” Oh MY GOD BRITNEY” that’s when we got hit. I remember the glass flying and we came to a stop. I remember my grandpa telling me if your in a car accident always try to turn the car off, so I did and after I did I looked over and saw my husband. as I looked his head was up then his… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

For those who is commenting on here. The 52 year old woman was passing a vehicle while going around that corner while is was raining when she did she had lost control do to the road conditions and being her tires having no tread and hit the other vehicle head on. She was, is at fault! For those is posting on here ” How can she be charged?” NOW YOU KNOW THE FACTS!

2015 years 11 months ago

Its so easy to call wrecks an accident but its not its more like I was irresponsible and now because I was not paying attention , driving to fast or whatever you were doing besides driving cautiously and paying attention someone is dead. I know first hand the heartache that comes from the irresponsible people behind the wheel of a deadly machine can cause others. My 16 year old daughter was killed 3 years ago just a few feet from her destination on a country road with the sun shining no rain no clouds perfect conditions if you can call… Read more »

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