08/30/13 — Rush to hospital results in crash

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Rush to hospital results in crash

By John Joyce
Published in News on August 30, 2013 1:46 PM

A mother and grandmother trying to rush a 4-week-old to the emergency room ended up in a crash Thursday.

Initially, Goldsboro police thought the child was killed in the accident, which occurred outside Wayne Memorial Hospital at about 6:35 a.m.

Hospital officials later told investigators that Khadre Manuel Hayes was already deceased when the crash occurred.

The driver of the vehicle, April Rochelle Hayes-Blackmon, 35, and passenger Jazmyne Hayes, 17, both of 109 Decoy Drive, were taking Khadre to the hospital when their vehicle ran off the road and hit the light pole.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has taken over the death investigation since the child allegedly died at home. No foul play is suspected at this time.

"Usually we would have heard by now if there was something suspicious. It is too early to say, but we may have to wait for the autopsy," said Maj. Tom Effler of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

Maj. Mike West, of the Goldsboro Police Department's traffic division, confirmed the accident occurred near the intersection of Wayne Memorial Drive and Cox Boulevard.

"The mother and grandmother were rushing the child to the hospital and came around that lazy curve just past the college, lost control of the vehicle running off the right side of the road and striking a utility pole," West said.

An unidentified passer-by stopped and checked on the vehicle. He took Ms. Hayes and the infant to the hospital, where the child was pronounced dead.

No charges were filed.