Wreck claims life of unborn child

July 26, 2013

DOBSON — A 20-year-old woman remains in critical condition today, and a Mount Airy man has been charged with driving while impaired, after a wreck Wednesday night that claimed the life of an unborn child.

Mariah Hughes, of Union Grove, and her husband Steve Hughes, 20, were traveling on Zephyr Road near its intersection with Willow Grove Road in a Mitsubishi Eclipse when they were struck head-on by a Honda Civic, according to Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton. It was operated by Dennis Angel Jr., 25, of Turner Mountain Road in Mount Airy, according to authorities

The accident occurred at 9:25 p.m., Shelton said.

Police say Angel allegedly had Xanax and other prescription drugs in his system.

Shelton said Hughes, who was pregnant at the time, was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated by emergency responders.

“It took us about 20 minutes to get her out, and we immediately put her in a helicopter and airlifted her from the scene to the trauma center at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital,” he said.

Hughes' unborn child was killed in the accident.

According to the N.C. Highway Patrol, the two vehicles, who were traveling in opposite directions, collided at a combined 100 miles per hour.

Steve Hughes was taken to Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin in stable condition.

A passenger in Angel's vehicle, Kelly Marion, 25, of Mill Road in Mount Airy, was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in stable condition.

The investigation into the accident is continuing, according to authorities.

Reach Keith Strange or 719-1929