Child upgraded after wreck

The condition of one of two children airlifted in critical condition from the scene of a fatal accident in York on Saturday was upgraded Sunday afternoon.

Narvarius Judge, 6, was in fair condition, but Preston McClain, 8, remained in critical condition, a Carolinas Medical Center nursing supervisor said late Sunday evening. York Police did not have an address for the children.

The children were riding in the back seat of a car with Valorie Page, 43, of York when the crash happened between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of S.C. 5 bypass and Hunter Street, according to York Police Lt. Brian Train.

Page, whom a former neighbor described as a hardworking mom who loved to laugh, was pronounced dead at the scene. Jeffrey Porter, 32, Page's fiance, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, was treated and released from Piedmont Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said Sunday.

They were westbound on the bypass in a Honda driven by Younia Adams, 32, of 1241 Singletary Lane, York, Train said. Adams attempted a left turn onto Hunter Street when a Ford van eastbound on the bypass struck the Honda on the passenger side.

The van was driven by Kelly Lowe, 33, of Rich Creek, Va. Lowe and his three passengers were in York visiting relatives, Train said. No one in the van was injured.

Page and Porter had lived at 121 Ashe St. in York for more than a year before moving about two months ago, according to their Ashe Street neighbor, Geraldine Taylor. Taylor said Page worked 12-hour night shifts on alternate weeks at Pharr Yarns in Clover, where Adams also was employed.

Page had a grown son and another who graduated from York Comprehensive High School this spring. She had no young children, Taylor said.

"The last thing she said to me was her son was going to graduate high school and she was going to sail into the sunset," Taylor recalled Sunday. "That's been with me all day since I heard about what happened. It's so sad."

Page had told her neighbor she moved to the former mill house on the tiny street off the beaten path in York because it was quiet.

"They were quiet people," she said. "I was sorry to see them leave."

Porter always cranked up Taylor's lawnmower when it wouldn't start, and they fed her dog remains of steak and ribs.

"My dog ate good when they were here," Taylor said. "She could laugh. Oh, she could laugh. It made you calm and relaxed. She was a very pretty woman, too."

The accident is still under investigation, Trail said Sunday.