Marion, N.C. – Alleged DUI driver charged with murder in death of unborn baby |

Donald Willis, the first person charged in North Carolina with killing an unborn child in a drunk driving accident appeared before a judge this morning.

Willis faces about 40 years in prison as the result of a change in the law that allows prosecution under the state\’s murder charges, but faces even more time than that if he\’s found guilty of DWI and felony serious injury charges in the accident.

Marion police say the 53-year-old suspect was intoxicated when he crossed the center line of Seagle Street, and totaled the car driven by 18-year-old Emily Dalton.  Her unborn baby died last week.

Prosecutors say Dalton is still in the hospital, but improving.

They say this case will work it’s way through the courts as any other and will be the first test of a law aimed at prosecuting reckless behavior in the death of an unborn child.

Brad Greenway, district attorney, “an act done so recklessly and carelessly that it\’s inherently dangerous to life, would be the murder of an unborn child.  So I suppose if you were involved in a motor vehicle race, speed competition, you could also be charged under this statute.”

Willis is scheduled for a probable cause hearing January 29th.  He is currently being held in the McDowell County jail.

via Charges Filed After Fatal DWI Crash – WLOS News13 – Featured.

Wilmington, N.C. – One dead after wreck, suspect charged with DWI |

A Wilmington man is dead after a crash near the intersection of Independence Boulevard and Corolina Beach Road.  

According to the Wilmington Police Department, around 5:30 p.m. the driver of a green SUV was headed east on Independence Boulevard towards Shipyard Boulevard when a Jeep turned in front of the SUV and flipped over.

Police say 53-year-old John A. Jackson, Jr. died in the crash. He was sitting in the front passenger seat of the Jeep.

Mark William Neil Estep, 39, of Wilmington was the driver of that vehicle. Estep has been charged with Driving While Impaired and Felony Death by Motor Vehicle. He is being held under a $30,000 secured bond. Estep is expected to make his first court appearance Friday.

read more here > UPDATE: One dead after car accident, suspect charged with DWI – WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC.

Harnett Co., N.C. – Three die in crash, two left in critical condition |

An early-morning highway crash on Sunday killed three young people and left two teenagers in critical condition.

Shane Mitchelle Garner, 23; Austin Ferrell, 20, and Casey Edens, 16, all of Harnett County, died in the crash. Ashley Zimmer and Marina Troyano of Fuquay-Varina, 17, were both listed in critical condition at Wake Medical Center.

The car struck a tree on Neills Creek Road near Buies Creek and caught fire on impact.

The Highway Patrol is considering the crash to be alcohol-related. Early investigations showed that before the collision, Garner, who was at the wheel of a white 2013 Silverado truck, drove past a police checkpoint at about 2:30 a.m. on US Highway 421 in Lillington near Campbell University.

The vehicle sped away before veering left and hitting a tree.

via HARNETT COUNTY: Three die in Harnett County crash, two left in critical condition | Traffic |

Martin Co., N.C. – DWI suspect gets behind wheel again hours later causing fatal wreck |

A man who was arrested for DWI Friday night got back on the road Saturday morning and caused a fatal, alcohol-related crash, according to investigators in Martin County.

Gary James, 33, was going 55 mph when he ran a stop sign on Vanderford Road at Grimes Road near Robersonville, according to Trooper Brian Allen.

James’ Buick hit a truck that was in the intersection; the Ford pickup was driven by Thomas Bundy, according Allen.

Bundy died at the scene.

The victim’s wife, Peggy, and 17-year-old son, Jesse, were in the truck him.

The crash happened just before 6 a.m. Saturday.

Peggy was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center; Jesse was taken to Martin General Hospital.

The suspect, James, had been charged with DWI just hours before in Robersonville, town police confirmed.

That incident happened Friday evening; further details were not available.

Allen, the investigating trooper in the fatal accident, believes alcohol was involved in the crash that killed 48-year-old Bundy.

via Authorities: DWI suspect gets behind wheel again, causes fatal wreck | News – WCTI NewsChannel 12.

Fayetteville, N.C. – Woman charged with DWI after fatally striking pedestrian |

Police have charged a Fayetteville woman with driving while impaired after she hit and killed a pedestrian on Pamalee Drive on Sunday and drove away.

Elizabeth Lauren Robinson, 30, was charged after police located her at a home on the 3200 block of Green Valley Road, according to a police release.

Cynthia Beasley, 55, was struck by a Chevrolet sport utility vehicle about 8:05 p.m. as she was crossing Pamalee Drive near Blanton Road, the release said.

via Police charge Fayetteville woman with DWI after fatal collision with pedestrian.

Walnut Cove, N.C. – Additional charges after DUI wreck that killed two –

Justin Watkins, who was involved in a crash last Friday night that killed two, is now being charged with two counts of felony death by motor vehicle in addition to his original DWI charge, according to information released by the State Highway Patrol on Friday morning.

South Stokes freshman student Lester Levine, 15, and former South Stokes student and Meadowbrook Academy graduate Brandon Farris, 20, of Danbury, died early Sept. 14, after a crash that occurred just before midnight on Highway 89 in Walnut Cove. The crash left two injured, including the driver of the truck who struck the car driven by Farris, Justin Watkins of Lawsonville. Watkins is charged with a DWI and two counts of felony death by motor vehicle.

read more here > Watkins receives additional charges after wreck that killed two –

Randleman, NC – Woman, dog killed in crash with suspected DWI driver |

A woman and her dog were killed in a crash Wednesday night after a driver, impaired by prescription drugs, crashed into her minivan, according to a Fox 8 report.

The minivan Teresa Mabe, 55, of Randleman, was in overturned as a result of the crash, according to the report.

Robert Myers, 53, of Asheboro, was charged with driving while impaired after he drove through a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 311 and Heath Dairy Road and hit Mabe’s vehicle, according to the report.

via Report: Randleman woman, dog killed in crash with DWI driver – News.

Asheville, NC – Moped driver struck, killed by alleged DUI driver |

Asheville police are investigating a fatal accident that claimed the life of a local woman. Investigators say a car driven by 45 year old Kimberly Folston of Asheville crossed the center line on Hendersonville Road Saturday night and hit a moped going the other way. The moped driver, 27 year old Sierra Allen of Arden, died at the scene. Police have charged Kimberly Folston with DWI, and say additional charges could be filed.

via Fatal Accident in Asheville – WLOS News13 – Top Stories.

Raleigh, NC – Driver charged with DWI in fatal motorcycle crash |

A motorcycle driver was hit and killed early Saturday morning in Raleigh and the driver who hit him is charged with DWI, according to police.

Officers said the motorcycle was traveling north Wake Forest Road just after midnight and the Chevrolet vehicle was traveling south. The car tried to make a left turn onto Creekside Drive and collided with the motorcycle.

The driver of the car is 25-year-old Lakeisha Jones, of Sanford. She is charged with DWI. Officials said she and her two passengers were also not wearing seatbelts.

The motorcyclist was identified as 52-year-old Bradley Pelletier, of Raleigh He was taken to WakeMed where he later died.

via Driver charged with DWI in fatal motorcycle crash |

Wilmington, NC – Woman who killed cyclist charged with DWI |

Wilmington Police have charged a 59-year-old woman with DWI after she hit and killed a cyclist Thursday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses told police Christina Marcotte, of Wilmington, was the driver of the Saturn SUV that ran into 49-year-old Robert Bennett Byrd, of Wilmington, around noon Thursday.

The accident happened at the intersection of Fourth and Greenfield Streets. Byrd was riding a bicycle at the time of the crash.

Marcotte remains in police custody.

Investigators say additional charges will be filed.

via Police charge woman who killed cyclist with DWI – WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC.

Jacksonville, NC – Deadly Motorcycle-Car Crash |

Michael Jones

A Jacksonville man is charged with DWI after police say he caused a crash that killed one person on a motorcycle and injured another.

Michael Jones, 32, of Western Blvd. in Jacksonville is charged with DWI and a Safe Movement Violation Causing Serious Injury to a Motorcyclist.

Police say Jones didn’t stop for a motorcycle in the intersection of Highway 17 and Barden St. around 8:20 p.m. Monday. The motorcycle driver, 21-year-old Matthew McClain, was killed. His passenger, 21-year-old Katherine Collins, was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Police say she is in fair condition.

Jones was not injured.

via NEW INFO: Deadly Motorcycle-Car Crash In Jacksonville.

Wilson, NC – 20-yr-old driver charged in fatal crash |

One woman was killed and two others injured in a crash in Wilson Friday evening, and police have charged a driver with DWI.

The accident happened around 5 p.m. Friday at Hines and Manchester Streets.

Wilson police said 20-year-old Semeer Patel, of Goldsboro ran a stop sign at Manchester Street and collided with a truck with three people inside.

The driver of the Toyota Truck was 48-year-old Samantha Colvin, of Wilson. Officials said she was killed in the crash. Colvin’s mother and daughter were her passengers and were injured.

Twenty-one-year-old Maryse Colvin was treated at Wilson Memorial Hospital and released.

Sixty-seven-year-old Martha Hinnant suffered serious injuries and has been airlifted to Vidant Medical Center.

Patel was charged with DWI and involuntary manslaughter, among other charges. He is being held in the Wilson County Jail under $25,000 bond.

via Driver charged with DWI in fatal Wilson crash |

Elkin, NC – Unborn child dead; mother seriously injured; driver charged with DWI –

A pregnant woman lost her unborn child in a head-on collision early Thursday in Dobson.

The driver of the other car has been charged with DWI.

Dennis Angel Jr. faces charges in the crash on Zephyr Road west of Dobson. Mariah Hughes, who was pregnant, was seriously hurt in that wreck.

Angel’s Honda Civic and Hughes’ Mitsubishi Eclipse were driving in opposite directions when the vehicles collided at a combined 100 mph, troopers said. Hughes’ unborn child was killed, according to troopers.

via Unborn child dies; driver charged with DWI –

Eden, NC – Passenger Killed After Drunk Driver Hits House |

A drunk driver hit a house in Eden Friday morning, killing the passenger.

The accident happened Friday around 2:15 a.m., near the intersection of Stadium Drive and Vaughn Street.

Investigators said the vehicle overturned after hitting the home; two people were thrown from the wreck. They found 28-year-old Tonya Hopkins Tucker, from Cascade, Virginia, dead.

The second person, Jason Ray Bates, 25, from Danville, Virginia, was taken to Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro for treatment.

Police said Bates was driving at the time of the crash and was cited for Driving While Impaired.

via Passenger Killed After Drunk Driver Hits House |

Union County, NC – One dead after head-on collision with suspected drunk driver |

Andrez Lobato

Andrez Lobato

Troopers say a man was driving drunk when he crashed into another car in Union County, killing a Charlotte driver.

The crash happened just after 11:30 p.m. Monday on C.J. Thomas Road. Troopers said Andrez Lobato, 22, swerved left of the center lane and hit an oncoming car head-on.

The driver of the oncoming car, a 47-year-old from Charlotte, was killed. Troopers have not released the victim’s name.

Lobato was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Union before being arrested early Tuesday. He is charged with felony death by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter.

Lobato is being held on $500,000 secured bond.

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