Local Woman Injured, Twin Sister Killed In Car Crash


CHARLOTTE, N.C.,None - An 18-year-old woman from Mooresville remained in the hospital Saturday afternoon after an accident killed her twin sister.

Troopers said sisters, Stephanie and Jennifer Cernuto, were headed north on Interstate 77 Friday night when Stephanie went to change lanes and saw a car in the right lane. She overcorrected, and the car crossed over the median into oncoming traffic near mile marker 32.

Jennifer died, and Stephanie was taken to Carolinas Medical Center.

The twins are recent graduates of Southlake Christian Academy in Huntersville.

Family and friends held a prayer service at the school Saturday to remember Jennifer and pray for Stephanie's swift recovery.

"I still can't believe that this has happened to them. They're such beautiful children," said Eric Richard. He's been a friend of the twins' parents for years.

Friends of the family said Jennifer had big aspirations. She planned to go to High Point University in the fall.

The sisters recently joined other graduating seniors on an 11-day visit to the poorest parts of Peru.

They had just returned from the trip on June 1.

Jacob McAreavy lives near the school and said the community will be devastated.

"It's tough on the community and the school cause it's a pretty small school and tight-knit community," McAreavy said.

Police said alcohol and speed were not factors in the accident. They will forward this case onto the District Attorney to decide whether any charges will be filed.