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Selma woman killed in Harnett County crash

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COATS — A Johnston County woman was killed in a two-vehicle collision Dec. 29 outside Coats.

Rochelle Atkinson, 67, of Selma, was traveling west on Ebeneezer Church Road at 2:11 p.m. and reportedly failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Bailey’s Crossroads Road, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol. She was struck by a vehicle traveling north on Bailey’s Crossroads Road. That vehicle was driven by Oscar Leonardo Gomez, 43, of Dunn.

Atkinson was pronounced dead on the scene. Gomez was taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts and alcohol was not involved, according to the Highway Patrol.

Willa Elliott of Dunn was friends with Atkinson.

“We belonged to the same church over in Bentonville,” Elliott said. “She’s married to my cousin, Larry Atkinson.”

Elliott said Atkinson was a longtime usher at Bentonville Disciples of Christ and added that Atkinson was a mother and grandmother.

“She’s a good worker and just a kind person,” Elliott said. “She seemed to get along with everybody. She loved her usher job at church.”

A funeral service was planned last Friday at the Western Assembly building in Newton Grove.

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