6-year-old girl dies, mom in ICU after car plunges into North Carolina pond

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SANFORD, N.C. (WNCN) — A child died Saturday after the car her mother was driving crashed and went into a pond in Lee County, officials say.

The incident happened around 1:45 p.m. Saturday when a vehicle was traveling along Cedar Lane Road south of Sanford, according to Lee County officials.

The crash happened when the car ran off the right side of the roadway, then over-corrected and went over the center line, Trooper Chris Black of the N.C. State Highway Patrol said.

The car then flipped and went about 60 feet off the road into the pond, where it was about 90 percent submerged, officials said.

Neighbors arrived on the scene and tried to get the passengers out. A 6-year-old girl who was in the car died at the scene.

The girl’s mother, Jessica Kuk, 29, of Sanford was taken to Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, Black said. She was then was taken to UNC Hospital by helicopter, where she is in the intensive care unit, according to the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

Officials said they believe speed is a factor.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the case.

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