|Birth: ||Nov. 29, 1955|
|Death: ||Feb. 19, 2002|
KINGS MOUNTAIN — Berry Bernard Bristol, 46, 115 Pat Drive, House No. 2, died Feb. 19, 2002, in a car wreck.
By Joy Scott Special to The Gazette
KINGS MOUNTAIN — Hours after his father died, a Kings Mountain man and his brother-in-law died in a fatal wreck on Lake Montonia Road Tuesday afternoon.
The two men, Berry Bristol and Calvin Parker Jr., were not able to escape their burning truck after it overturned and burst into flames, officials said.
"It's probably the worst I've seen," Kings Mountain Patrol Officer Jerry Shull said. "All fatalities, it's always bad."
Family members said both men were about 48 years old.
Parker's father, John, died of natural causes early Tuesday morning.
"I guess we'll have to bury them all at the same time," relative Hasker Parker Jr. said.
"What have I done or my mother done to go through all this at one time?" Parker's sister, Tina Sparr, asked. "He was just like my daddy. A spitting image of him."
Sparr found out about her brother's death when she passed the wreckage on her way home to 123 Hillway Drive, less than a mile from the crash.
The two last spoke about 40 minutes before the crash.
"It doesn't seem like it's real," Sparr said.
When rescue workers arrived at the intersection of Hillway Drive and Lake Montonia Road at 12:48 p.m., flames engulfed the truck, Kings Mountain Fire Chief Frank Burns said.
The men were traveling west on Lake Montonia Road, less than a mile from their family's home, Shull said, when the truck ran off the right side of the road. The truck ran into small shrubs before striking a tree in the front yard of 303 Lake Montonia Road, then flipping onto its left side.
Several family members and friends stood nearby as rescue workers spent almost two hours removing the bodies.
James Tate, a friend of both men, lifted the yellow police line so an ambulance could leave the scene.
"They were just like family," Tate said. "The best guys you'd ever want to meet."
The cause of the wreck and fire are under investigation, Shull said. A passing motorist who saw the scene before firefighters arrived tried to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher, but was unsuccessful, Shull said.
The N.C. Highway Patrol is assisting in the investigation.
Shull would not disclose who was driving at the time of the wreck, pending notification of all family members.
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