Driver charged for crashing car into creek

0322 Car into Lenoir County creek

A driver was charged for crashing her car into a Lenoir County creek Friday evening, according to the Highway Patrol.

Shaniria Raqual Hardy, of Winterville, was driving around a curve just before 6 p.m., when she ran off the road, hit a railing, and plunged into Stonyton Creek, said Trooper J.D. Noble. The scene is located off Highway 58, near the Global Transpark.

According to Trooper Noble, water filled the car up to the top of the front seats. But Hardy and her passenger escaped by the time rescue crews arrived. Both were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Trooper Noble said.

Hardy was charged with failure to maintain lane.

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