RALEIGH — The North Carolina state Highway Patrol on Monday filed drunken driving charges against two motorists involved in a multiple vehicle crash early Sunday that killed a 23-year-old man.
State troopers have charged Jashauna Kanesha Wilson, 20, of Durham with provisional driving while impaired and Timothy Lee Richardson, Jr., 27, of Knightdale with driving while impaired, according to an accident report made public Monday.
State Trooper Q.C. Stanton reported that Wilson and Richardson were both tested for alcohol impairment. Wilson had a 0.05 blood alcohol content. That is below the legal limit of 0.08, but she was charged because she is under the legal age to consume alcohol.
The results of Richardson's sobriety test are pending, according to the accident report.
The crash occurred on U.S. 64 about 3:20 a.m. near the Wake County-Franklin County line, said Sgt. Jeff Gordon, a patrol spokesman.
Marvin Gerome Lee of Sanford was killed when the 1997 Nissan he was driving struck Wilson's 2001 Honda, which had run out of gas. She maneuvered the vehicle partially off the pavement onto the right shoulder, troopers determined.
The posted speed limit on the section of highway where the collisions occurred is 70 mph. Investigators think Lee's Nissan was traveling 65 mph when it hit the disabled Honda, according to the accident report.
Both cars spun, and Lee's car stopped sideways across the westbound lanes.
Lee's vehicle was then hit broadside by Richardson's 2003 Nissan and burst into flames. Lee was thrown from his vehicle upon that second impact, state troopers reported.
Five other people - two in the Honda and three in Richardson's Nissan - also received injuries not considered life-threatening, the Highway Patrol reported.