1 Madison County student killed, 1 injured after DWI crash; woman charged
Madison County, N.C. (WLOS) —
A 32-year-old woman has been charged with DWI in a crash Wednesday night that killed a Madison County 8th grader and injured another student.
Madison County authorities confirm 32-year-old Sarah Shelton, of Alexander, is charged with DWI, felony death by vehicle and reckless driving in the crash that killed 13-year-old Lillith DeCarlo.
Another Madison County Middle School student, Kara Raby, 12, was also injured in the wreck and is in the ICU at Mission. Principal Nick Honeycutt said the seventh-grader is blind in one eye, has a broken back, dislocated shoulder, and underwent surgery last night.
Trooper Kelly Rhodes said it happened at 9:42 p.m. Wednesday. Rhodes said Shelton was traveling south in the northbound lane of US 25-70, just inside the Madison County line near Marshall.
Lillith was in the back seat and Kara in the front seat of another vehicle driven by William Roberts. Trooper Rhodes said Roberts tried to avoid Shelton, but Shelton crashed into him.
Family and friends at Madison Middle school were mourning the loss of their fellow student on Thursday.
Lillith's teacher and friends described her as "quirky and unique." Her band teacher said she was the epitome of "be yourself and love yourself for it."
On Thursday morning, kids wrote notes to Lillith, and the school made a memorial for her in the lobby.
Counselors from across Madison County have been sent to the middle school to help students grieve.
One of Lillith's friends said she was the kind of person you could always count on.
"She was always smiling," Gracy Anglin said. "Whenever I needed someone, she was there. Whenever anyone needed someone, she was there. When she was down and out, she would always be smiling, even though she was down and out."
Trooper Rhodes said blood was taken from Shelton, and it will take three to six months for test results to come back.
This story is developing and will be updated as details become available.