Wake grand jury issues murder indictment in January fatal crash

From staff reportsJune 28, 2013 

— A 29-year-old Wake County woman now faces a murder charge for a January car crash in which she had been charged with driving under the influence and felony death by vehicle after her passenger died.

A Wake County grand jury returned an indictment this week for the three charges, and deputies served Lydia Marie Mills of 4104 Labrador Drive with new arrest warrants Thursday at the Wake County Detention Center, where she had been held since her arrest shortly after the Jan. 30.

She was being held without bond Friday.

Amanda Blake Massengill of Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which happened about 2:30 a.m. on Labrador Drive, not far from Mills’ home.

State troopers said they charged Mills after hospital officials, who treated her for injuries from the accident, determined she was impaired.

Their original charges were aggravated felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and failure to maintain lane control.

The arrest warrant that troopers got for Mills said Wake County sheriff’s deputies had given her a citation for assault a few hours before the crash.

Court records showed that Mills had been convicted of DWI in June 2011.

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