She arrived to help a friend who needed gas, police say.
By David Leone
RALEIGH — A woman who took a taxi to I-540 to help a friend was killed after being struck by another driver who ran off the road Friday, authorities say.
Lauren Ann Gervig, 25, of Wake Forest, died at the scene.
At about 8 p.m., Gervig was dropped off by the taxi where Lenny Reyes’ Dodge Charger sat on the shoulder of the road’s eastbound lane, near the Honeycutt Road exit, according to Sgt. D.L. Mobley, a public information officer with the N.C. Highway Patrol.
“She came to bring him gas,” Mobley said. “The taxi left. Right after that they got struck.”
Paul Alan Jago, 55, was watching for other vehicles, failed to merge properly at the bottom of the off-ramp where it tapers and drove onto the shoulder. He hit both Gervig and Reyes.
Reyes was transported to WakeMed for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Mobley said.
Alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
Jago is charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. He is due in court Nov. 7.
Gervig was to be buried Wednesday. She had a daughter, Ariana.
The Burlington, Vt., native worked at Creative Cuts hair salon in Wake Forest before health reasons forced her to stop.
Friends praised her personality in an online guestbook at legacy.com.
“You were a bright spot in everyone’s day, every day that we spent with you. You were absolutely beautiful inside and out,” wrote Trish Kamendulis of Shrewsbury, Mass.
And Creative Cuts owner Kathy Moseley noted that that Gervig was an inspiration in her struggle with seizures due to epilepsy.
“She kept a smile and even in her dark times she was still in search of fun new ideas, new adventure and hope,” Moseley wrote. “She was an excellent stylist who customers loved and she loved them. … She was creative and got along with everyone.”