Wreck pinned child under SUV

Driver accused of being drunk
Apr. 11, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

A man accused of driving drunk wrecked his SUV in the woods in the Gamewell area Wednesday night, and his 11-year-old daughter wound up pinned underneath the vehicle, the N.C. Highway Patrol reported.

Gregory Lee Greene, 37, of Morganton was driving a 2004 Dodge Durango west on Hartland Road just before 9 p.m. when he ran off the right side of the road and into the woods, N.C. Highway Patrol trooper Daniel Hamby said. The SUV rolled over, and Greene's 11-year-old daughter was thrown out of the vehicle, which then landed on top of her and pinned her underneath the windshield.

The girl, whose name was not released, was taken by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Greene was first taken to Caldwell Memorial Hospital and then also was flown to CMC.

Both suffered what Hamby called non-life-threatening injuries. No information about their condition was available Thursday.

Two other passengers -- Thomas Lee Arney, 19, of Collettsville and Kacie Greene, 17, of Morganton -- were not hurt.

Gregory Greene was charged with driving while impaired, reckless driving, failing to secure a passenger under age 16, driving with unsafe tires and no insurance.

A 17-year-old student firefighter also was taken to Caldwell Memorial after twisting his knee at the accident scene, Capt. Jeff Owens of Gamewell Fire and Rescue said.