CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A South Carolina woman facing charges in connection with a crash that claimed the life of a 911 dispatcher and severely injured her 11-year-old niece was under the influence of alcohol, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Trisha Ann Thompson, 36, of McConnells, SC, was arrested following Thursday night's wreck on I-77 south near the South Carolina border.
The accident happened just before 8 p.m. near Carowinds Blvd. and caused two of the four lanes to shut down.
Authorities say Thompson's Jeep Cherokee veered into the other lane, crashing into the van carrying CMPD Telecommunicator Nicole Schieb, her brother, CMPD Officer Christopher Schieb, his wife, and their 11-year-old daughter.
The van then went sliding sideways down the interstate, where it slammed into the back of a disabled pick-up truck that was on the shoulder of I-77, according to troopers.
Nicole was killed in the crash. Her brother and his wife suffered minor injuries and were released. Their 11-year-old daughter was taken to the hospital in critical conditions, troopers said.
"This is the tragic loss of life because someone takes into their own accord to drink and then drive," said CMPD Chief Kerr Putney.
According to CMPD, Nicole Schieb was hired in 2012 and served as a trainer. She leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter.
"Please keep the Schieb family and her CMPD family in your thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time," CMPD released in a statement.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the family: https://www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-nicole-schieb
Thompson is charged with driving while impaired. She was taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail and issued a $5,000 unsecured bond.