Friday 7 October 2022 05:52 PM North Carolina Father dies when GPS guided him off the edge of a bridge that ... trends now

Friday 7 October 2022 05:52 PM North Carolina Father dies when GPS guided him off the edge of a bridge that ... trends now
Friday 7 October 2022 05:52 PM North Carolina Father dies when GPS guided him off the edge of a bridge that ... trends now

Friday 7 October 2022 05:52 PM North Carolina Father dies when GPS guided him off the edge of a bridge that ... trends now

A North Carolina father of two died after his daughter's ninth birthday party, when his GPS put him on the path of a bridge that was washed away in 2013.

On September 30, Phil Paxson was driving home at night in the rain following his daughter's birthday party in Hickory, North Carolina.

His now-widow, Alicia Paxson, had departed the party earlier with the couples' daughters, while Phil stayed behind to help clean up.

'How is it nine years that this did not happen, and why did it have to be him?' wondered Alicia Paxson. 'Like, why do my kids have to have no dad now, you know?'

'Who's responsible? Somebody is responsible,' she said.

After celebrating the newly nine-year-old's birthday at a family friend's house, 'we packed up all the decorations, he packed up the van, and he loaded the girls into the van,' said Alicia.

'He was following his GPS which led him down a concrete road to a bridge that dropped off into a river,' wrote Paxson's mother-in-law, Linda McPhoee Koenig, on Facebook.

'The  bridge had been destroyed 9 years ago and never repaired,' continued his mother-in-law.

Furthermore, the entry point to the former bridge did not have any 'barriers or warnings signs to prevent the death of a 47-year-old father of two daughters.'

'It was a totally preventable accident,' wrote Koenig.

The bridge was initially destroyed in a storm in July of 2013.

'He took a left, and I took a right, and that was his mistake. One wrong turn, and now he’s gone.'

Phil Paxson, 47, was a husband and father to two young girls who died in late September after his car plunged into a ravine where a bridge used to be

Phil Paxson, 47, was a husband and father to two young girls who died in late September after his car plunged into a ravine where a bridge used to be

Phil's recently acquired Jeep (pictured here) flipped off the edge of no-longer-standing bridge and plummeted into the ravine

Phil's recently acquired Jeep (pictured here) flipped off the edge of no-longer-standing bridge and plummeted into the ravine

Phil's recently acquired Jeep (pictured here) flipped off the edge of no-longer-standing bridge and plummeted into the ravine

Phil's recently acquired Jeep (pictured here) flipped off the edge of no-longer-standing bridge and plummeted into the ravine

State troopers said barricades that were put up to warn drivers of the collapsed bridge were apparently removed, leading to the crash

State troopers said barricades that were put up to warn drivers of the collapsed bridge were apparently removed, leading to the crash 

Neighbors in the area have complained for years about the bridge, but it is unclear whose responsibility it was to restore it after a storm in July 2013. That issue will likely now become a legal discussion

Neighbors in the area have complained for years about the bridge, but it is unclear whose responsibility it was to restore it after a storm in July 2013. That issue will likely now become a legal discussion

Phil, 47, is being remember as a father, husband, and friend to many. Tributes to the father of two young girls praise his humor and good nature

Phil, 47, is being remember as a father, husband, and friend to many. Tributes to the father of two young girls praise his humor and good nature

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a report of a vehicle in a creek at around 10.00am on Saturday October 1.

When troopers arrived at the scene, they discovered Paxson's 2020 Jeep Gladiator

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