Mom killed taking son to school in Rutherford Co. identified

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RUTHERFORD Co., N.C. (WSPA) – A woman was killed while taking her son to school when an uprooted tree fell on the car they were traveling in. 

The N.C. Highway Patrol says it happened around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on Dills Road near Harris Elementary School. 

Troopers identified the victim as 46-year-old Lisa Prayther.

She lived on the road where the tragic accident occurred. 

Troopers say she died instantly when an oak tree uprooted and fell on top of the car. 

After the tree hit the car, it went off the road and hit a home. 

Prayther’s 13-year-old son was also in the car. 

Troopers say he was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and is expected to recover.

A witness at Harris Elementary School tells 7News that Prayther had dropped off her younger son there only moments before the tragic crash. 

Citing a spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Public Safety, the Associated Press reports the fatal crash brings the state’s death toll from Florence to 27.

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