Dad accused of plowing car into restaurant, killing daughter, injuring others
The funeral service for Amanda Self, one of the two women killed when a Jeep crashed into a Bessemer City restaurant during a family lunch on May 20, was held Sunday afternoon in Gastonia.
Officials said Amanda's father-in-law, Roger Self, was behind the wheel of the Jeep. Roger Self's daughter, Katelyn Self, was also killed, and several more family members were injured.
Roger Self has been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the crash, which attracted national attention.
Amanda Self, 35, worked as a charge nurse in the emergency department at CaroMont Health in Gastonia.
She and her husband, Josh, had two children, and the whole family was at the Surf and Turf Lodge that day, the family's pastor said.
Josh Self is still recovering from his injuries, he told WBTV recently. The kids were not hurt.
The couple had been married for nearly 15 years, according to Amanda's obituary.
Josh Self refused to talk about his father with WBTV, the Observer's news partner.
He said Amanda loved the outdoors, including fishing and hunting. Her hospital coworkers and his own colleagues at the Gaston County Police Department have been supportive as he recovers, he said.
Kevin O'Connor, a doctor at CaroMont Health, called Amanda a hero in a letter to the Gaston Gazette.
She did her job "with a unique mix of authority and humor" and deserved credit for saving lives, he wrote.