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Driver Arrested After Multi-Vehicle Crash Kills Two Members of a Frederick, NC Family

A multi-vehicle accident on June 30 in Columbus County left two people dead after a driver crossed the center line and crashed into a utility trailer.

Authorities say the wreck happened around 4:15 AM on N.C. 410.  Steven McDonald, 55, of Frederick, was driving a Nissan Armada SUV south on N.C. 410 near Tabor City. For some reason, he crossed the center line and hit a utility trailer that was being towed by a Dodge pickup truck traveling northbound.

This set off a tragic chain of events. The SUV continued into the northbound lane and hit a Nissan Maxima head-on, then both vehicles were hit by a northbound Ford Fusion.

McDonald had four passengers in his car, two of whom sadly died in the crash. Deborah Montouri, 58, was apparently thrown from the vehicle and was found on the side of the road when first responders arrived. Because she ended up in knee-high grass, a fire truck inadvertently ran her over. Sadly she died of her injuries.

An 8-year-old girl in the backseat of the SUV was also tragically killed, as well as the driver of the Nissan Maxima.

McDonald, his other two passengers, and the drivers of the Ford Fusion and Dodge pickup were all taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The accident is still under investigation, but McDonald has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

If you know a surviving family member of a person who was injured or killed in an accident, please encourage them to contact our firm immediately. The consultation is completely free, with no out-of-pocket cost to the family to hire us.

For over 25 years the attorneys at Auger & Auger have been dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals and families that have suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. We have years of experience guiding and helping our clients every step of the way to receive compensation for aspects such as medical bills, funeral costs, and other monetary loss. 

Editorial Note: At A&A we are always looking to improve the quality and safety and are saddened by the outcome of many tragic accidents across the Carolinas. The purpose of this news blog is to write about cases relevant to our industry and raise awareness about injury cases so that victims of similar incidents can educate themselves on theories of liability, the law, and how personal injury cases typically work. This article is created using publicly available information and is a secondary source. If you find any information here to be inaccurate, please notify us at, and we will make the appropriate adjustments.

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