Speed not a factor, driver had permit in deadly crash Tuesday night

Two Buncombe County children were killed Tuesday night in a tragic crash in Asheville. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Two Buncombe County children are dead and their mother and brother in the hospital after a wreck Tuesday afternoon in Asheville.

Wednesday morning, the North Carolina Highway Patrol confirmed mother Jo Peterson Gibbs Landreth was in the passenger seat while her 15-year-old son was driving. The teen had a learners permit.

Authorities say speed was not a factor in the crash and everyone in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirmed a 10-year-old and 13-year-old were killed in the crash.

It happened on Mills Gap Road in Asheville at around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

Both the driver and mother survived the crash, the two children in the backseat did not.

The Highway Patrol says the 15-year-old driver accidentally ran off the road and hit a tree. Authorities say the driver will not face charges in this incident.

A statement released by Asheville City Schools, confirms Gibbs is a teacher at the school and one of the children attended the school.

Guidance counselors will be at Asheville Middle School, Asheville High School and SILSA to help students, parents, families and friends deal with their thoughts and feelings associated with the loss.

A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to benefit the family.

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