According to NC Highway Patrol Trooper Townsend, a 1998 Honda being operated by Patsy Long McLaney of Harrells was traveling eastbound on NC 41 when her vehicle traveled left of the center line and and struck a Subaru operated by Thomas Mei-Jon-Ruan of Whiteville. Trooper Townsend said the vehicles then traveled out of the roadway to the right and into a ditch.
McLaney was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Trooper Townsend.
Mei-Jon-Ruan was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for treatment of his injuries.
Ms. McLaney is survived by two sons, Corey McLaney, Joseph McLaney, both of Elizabethtown; three sisters, Dotty Long, Winnie Lewis of Harrells, Kim Johnson of Elizabethtown; one brother, Donnie Long of Harrells; and four grandchildren.
Arrangements are as follows:
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Riverside Baptist Church Cemetery by the Reverend Scott Conner. The family will receive friends at Riverside Baptist Church fellowship hall after the service.