First Posted: 5/11/2015
A Clemmons woman has been charged with a stop sign violation and with driving while impaired in connection with a Saturday wreck which sent four people to area hospitals, including a 5-year-old child.
Pamela Lowder, 52, of Clemmons was charged in the crash that occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday at the end of the exit ramp from Interstate 77 onto N.C. 89.
According to North Carolina Highway Patrol First Sargeant Kevin Barker the accident occurred at 11:06 a.m. when a 2015 Lexis, driven by Lowder, allegedly ran a stop sign at the end of the Interstate ramp, continued on and collided with a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 36-year-old Gabriel Alvarado of Mount Airy.
Barker identified the two passengers with Alvarado as 26-year-old Petra Alonzo and 5-year-old Cassandra Rameriz, both of Mount Airy, though he did not say if they were related. The injuries sustained to the three apparently were not life-threatening, according to authorities. The three were transported to Northern Hospital for treatment. Lowder’s injuries appeared critical. She was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Monday morning Baptist officials said Lowder remained in critical condition. Agencies responding to the accident included Surry County EMS, Pine Ridge and Skull Camp volunteer fire departments, Mount Airy Rescue Squad and the North Carolina Highway Patrol.