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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A fatal accident in Columbus County on Saturday claimed the life of Crystal Dawn Williamson, who was just 27 years old.
According to officers with the State Highway Patrol office in Columbus County, Williamson and her mother Yvette Rawlys, who is 44, were traveling west on Highway 130 in Hallsboro around 5 p.m.
That's when they say, Williamson passed a car in a no passing zone, then swerved to the right to avoid hitting an on coming car traveling east.
Investigators believe alcohol may have been a factor. They're waiting on toxicology results.
Troopers say Williamson was not wearing a seat belt.
Williamson owned Extreme Cutts Salon and Extreme Dance Studio in downtown Whiteville.
Many people in Columbus County say Williamson, who owned the studio and hair salon by the time she was just 22 years old, will be remembered for inspiring young people.
"She wanted us to go for our dreams. She went for hers and opened the dance studio and salon. She'd want us to keep going for ours," said Caitlyn Soles, an 8th grader who attended Williamson's dance studio.
"She taught many people in the county and out of the county. She was an awesome teacher. Many kids, including mine were attached to her," said Robin Worley-Schmitt, who had children dance at Williamson's studio.
Rawlys, Williamson's mother, is at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She's in critical but stable condition. She suffered injuries to her neck and pelvis.
Friends tell us right now it's too soon to know what Williamson's family will do with her salon and dance studio.
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