A second person has died in a Gaston County wreck that resulted in criminal charges for a teen driver.
Nellie Jordan Meek died Friday, nine days after her husband Jackson Meek was killed in a collision on Patrick Road near Gastonia and the South Carolina border. Nellie Meek was taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center and then to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where she died from her injuries.
The other driver, Dylan Gibbs, 16, has been charged with reckless driving to endanger and misdemeanor death by vehicle for Jackson Meek's death. Troopers say Gibbs was driving an estimated 96 mph on the 45 mph street where the collision occurred. He was still traveling 68 mph when he crossed the center line and made impact with the Meeks' car head-on, according to the wreck report.
As of Wednesday he had not been arrested for Nellie Meek's death.
The impact knocked the engine out of one of the vehicles. The Meeks lived on the street where the wreck occurred.
Nellie Meek, 77, was an active member of Gastonia's Union Presbyterian Church where she served in Sunday school, the nursery and Bible study, according to her obituary. She was the valedictorian of Whitakers High School in 1959 and then graduated from Evans Business School. She worked for various companies including Public Service Gas Co. of North Carolina and Bank of America, her obituary said.
She was married to Jackson Meek, 83, for 56 years. He graduated from Clover High School in South Carolina, served in the U.S. Army, and retired from Homelite, a power equipment manufacturer, after 40 years of service. He was a lifelong member and served as a deacon at Union Presbyterian Church in Gastonia.
The couple had two children and six grandchildren together.
Nellie Meek's visitation is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the rotunda of Union Presbyterian Church with her memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The Rev. James Holeman will officiate. A private family committal will be held in the Union Presbyterian Church cemetery.
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