Collision victim mourned as an ‘awesome person’

Jan. 24, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

A local woman killed in a fiery wreck Wednesday night was known as an angel among her friends and family.

Terrell Abbott, 36, of Austin, Texas, reportedly was driving south in the northbound lane of U.S. 1 about a mile outside of Southern Pines when his vehicle struck 20-year-old Jasmine Wicker’s vehicle, which was traveling north, according to Highway Patrol secretary Edith McLean.

Abbott’s white 2001 Toyota caught on fire after striking Wicker’s tan 1999 Toyota, and both drivers died at the scene, McLean said.

“The troopers worked to re-create the scene to determine what occurred, and alcohol use has not been determined,” she said.

According to Wicker’s aunt, Gidget Pulley, Wicker recently was employed by DirecTV in Southern Pines and was excited to be working.

“She was an awesome person, an outgoing person,” Pulley said. “She liked dressing up, shopping. She was model material, always smiling.”

Wicker attended Livingstone College before transferring to a local community college, Pulley said. Wicker’s plan, Pulley said, was to transfer back to a four-year college after taking some core courses.

“She was [really] smart, so smart,” Pulley said.

Several friends and family members expressed their shock and outage through social media, while even more asked for prayers.

On the day of the wreck, Wicker wrote, via Twitter, “Thank you for another day.”