'Forever etched in my mind:' 2 families mourn children killed in Goldsboro crash

4 June 2022

— Two families are torn apart over an early Thursday morning crash in Wayne County—sharing their stories in hopes of preventing similar tragedies elsewhere.

A 14-year-old girl driving and a 12-year-old girl thrown from the car died when their car crashed and overturned on railroad tracks at East Holly Street and North Center Street at 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

A 13-year-old girl is still fighting for her life at the hospital.

The mother of the teen driver told WRAL News the girls knew better but sadly, these actions cost them their lives.

A broken taillight, one shoe and leftover candy is what was left after the crash.

That’s what the mother of 14-year-old Asiajonah Hines saw at the railroad tracks where Hines was killed in a single-car crash.

“This will be forever etched in my mind,” said Hines’ mother. “All I want is my daughter back. I want her back, but the reality is I’m not going to get her back.”

Also in the car — two sisters.

12-year-old D’nya Johnson and 13-year-old Nidia Johnson.

The sisters were in town from Fayetteville visiting their father and hung out with Hines, the 14-year-old behind the wheel.

“They were somewhere they weren’t supposed to be,” said Hines’ mother. “They were supposed to be in the bed.”

Goldsboro police said they noticed a car speeding around 2:30 a.m. As they tried to catch up to it, they lost sight of the car.

By the time police said they found it, the car had crashed and overturned at the railroad tracks killing Hines and D’nya Johnson and severely injuring Nidia Johnson.

The sister’s aunts, Debra Massenburg and Teresa Johnson, told WRAL News they are struggling to make sense of what happened.

“It’s hard. Really hard to try and sustain,” said Massenburg. “It’s a lot going through my mind. The day I heard that it happened the first thing I said is ’why were they in the car?'”

Friday, both families shared their message with WRAL News in hopes of keeping other children from taking part in similar acts.

“I want this tragedy to turn into a triumph for someone,” said Hines’ mother. “If it can save at least one child.”

Nidia Johnson is currently in recovery at a hospital in Greenville.

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