NEAR AYDEN, PITT COUNTY - An 18-wheeler flatbed truck and a car collided in Pitt County Thursday morning, killing two sisters, according to the Highway Patrol.
The wreck happened on Highway 11, near Ayden, at about 9:15 a.m. Troopers identified the victims as 74-year-old Jackie Boscarino and her sister, 79-year-old Ann Marie Toulouse. According to investigators, Toulouse owned the car, but Boscarino was driving.
The tractor-trailer was traveling on Highway 11 when the the victims' car pulled out from Faith Baptist Lane, near the Faith Baptist Church, and into the path of the truck, troopers said. The car ended up in the median, near 8101 N.C. 11 South, as did most of the tractor-trailer.
Investigators identified the driver of the 18-wheeler as Michael Bouma, and said he was traveling at about 55 m.p.h. The speed limit there is 60 m.p.h. Bourma will not be charged, troopers said.
Boscarino raised her grandson, Shawn Brooks, and visited him at his auto body shop immediately before her accident. Brooks recalled their last conversation together.
"She said, 'I'm going to go to JCPenny, buy her some shorts,' and then once she made it across that highway, that was it," Brooks said. "I ran over there and soon as I saw them in that car, they were gone. Now my rock is gone, so now I gotta step up to the plate and carry on."
Boscarino's family is remembering her as a woman full of life.
"She was around 75 years old acted like she was 20. Did her own plumbing, did her own electrical, everything," said Amanda Brooks, a relative.
According to relatives, Boscarino was in another car accident earlier in March. Her car was totaled.