NEW DETAILS: Williamston mother dead after car crash Wednesday night, Highway Patrol says

BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has confirmed a vehicle collision that shut down Highway 17 for hours late Wednesday night killed a mother and injured her child.

The Highway Patrol says troopers were called to a fatal collision around 11:10 p.m. on Highway 17, just south of the Martin County line.

The North Carolina State Department of Transportation says Highway 17 outside Washington, near West Bear Grass Road, was closed for at least four hours.

Trooper Rico Stephens says 28-year-old Izair Perez, of Washington, was traveling south on Highway 17 in a Dodge Journey when he crossed over the centerline, hitting Janie James’s Honda CRV with her daughter inside.

James, 44, of Williamston, died at the scene, according to officials. Troopers say her 10-year-old daughter only suffered minor injuries.

Perez suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from ECU Health Beaufort Hospital, according to Highway Patrol.

Trooper Stephens says Perez was arrested for driving under the influence and more felony charges are expected after a consultation with the district attorney’s office.

Officials say Highway 17 reopened around 3:20 a.m. Thursday morning.

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