By MELODY BROWN-PEYTON
Of The Record Staff
Autumn Tart 17, of Raynor Rd. in Benson, was traveling Jonesboro Rd. when she lost control of her 1989 Nissan Maxima and ran off the road hitting a tree.
She was pinned in her car and had to be cut out. It took medical personnel 40 minutes to get her out, she suffered a broken leg and broken ankle and was transported to Wake Med in Raleigh.
North Carolina State Trooper Ricky Johnson, estimated that Ms. Tart was traveling at speeds between 55 and 60 mph. She was wearing her seat belt.
Ms. Tart was on her way to volunteer at Habit for Humanity ReStore in Dunn. She is an 11th grade student at South Johnston High School in Four Oaks.
Her Dad, Jeremy, fought back tears as he described the kind person that his daughter is. He said a prayer, thanking God his daughter is alive. Her vehicle is a total loss. Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Mike Blackmon sad that Ms. Tart volunteers with the ReStore, “She has a big heart and a bright smile that brightens everyone’s day,” he said.