BESSEMER CITY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A newly released 911 call reveals the heartbreaking moments after a man crashed his Jeep into a Gaston County restaurant Sunday, killing his daughter and daughter-in-law.
The deadly crash happened around 12 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at the Surf &Turf restaurant on North 14th Street in Bessemer City.
Roger Self is accused of intentionally plowing his vehicle into the restaurant. Authorities in Gaston County released the 911 call on Thursday that was made by a restaurant employee.
"The car came right through the dining room full of people," the frantic caller said. "I think I have people trapped. I'm not real sure. Jesus. The whole front wall of the dining room is out."
The employee described the vehicle to dispatchers as a white SUV. "I've got nurses and first responders in there. The car literally ran over some of my customers. Oh my gosh," she said.
The woman explained in the 911 call that she recognized the driver, identified as Roger Self, and she could tell that he had been through "a mental breakdown." The caller went on, stating she'd been contacted just days earlier and was told Roger Self had been severely depressed and wasn't leaving his house.
Roger Self's daughter, Katelyn Self, who was a Gaston County Sheriff's Deputy, and his daughter-in-law, Amanda Self, who was an ER nurse at CaroMont Heath, were killed in the tragic wreck.
Self's wife, Diane Self, 53, his son, Joshua Self, 38, and his 13-year-old granddaughter were also injured in the crash and were taken to the hospital. Diane and Joshua were listed in critical condition.
Katelyn Self's fiancé Alex Burns, who is a Gastonia police officer, was sitting next to her when the incident occurred. "He was sitting beside his fiancé and suddenly she was gone," the family's pastor, Austin Rammell, said during a news conference on Monday.
Roger Self is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and remains at the Gaston County Jail without bond at this time. The Surf & Turf Lodge plans to reopen their doors on Friday.