Driver faces 2 murder charges in fatal crash
Drew C. Wilson | Times file photo
KENLY — A woman faces second-degree murder charges after authorities say she slammed into a pickup truck on U.S. 301 while leading a state trooper on a high-speed chase. Two Johnston County men died in the Monday morning crash.
The chase started in Wilson County when a trooper clocked a black Dodge Charger at 112 mph on U.S. 301 South near Oscar Loop Road outside Lucama at 8:35 a.m., 1st Sgt. Christopher D. Knox said in a news release. The posted speed limit on that stretch of the highway is 55 mph.
The Dodge sedan continued south, crossing into Johnston County. Knox said the driver, who authorities identified as 45-year-old Tanya Renee Terry of Roanoke Rapids, didn’t stop for the trooper’s lights and siren. The Highway Patrol initiated a pursuit.
Moments later, Knox said the Charger crossed the center line on U.S. 301, veered into oncoming traffic and struck a northbound Ford pickup truck head-on.
Troopers said two passengers in the truck, 43-year-old Marvin Dave Atkinson and 56-year-old Thatis Eugene Mickens, both of Selma, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Terry and the Ford pickup’s driver, 52-year-old Otis Ray Allen of Clayton, sustained serious injuries and were taken to Wake Medical Center for treatment, according to Knox.
The N.C. Highway Patrol obtained arrest warrants charging Terry with two counts of second-degree murder, felony speeding to elude arrest and speeding:112 mph in a 55 mph zone, Knox said late Monday. Authorities expected to serve the warrants upon Terry’s discharge from the hospital.
An online search of N.C. Department of Public Safety records indicates Terry has no history of in-state criminal convictions resulting in prison time or probation. Court records show she faces a pending charge of aiding and abetting a domestic violence protective order violation in Halifax County.
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