Charge against Wake driver raised after victim in November crash dies

From Staff ReportsFebruary 19, 2014 

— Police on Tuesday filed a charge of felony death by motor vehicle against a Fuquay-Varina man after one of the victims in a Nov. 2 crash on Interstate 440 died of his injuries.

Hunter Macon Howell, 24, of 101 Mels Meadows Drive, had been charged with two counts of felony serious injury by vehicle, driving while impaired, not slowing to avoid a crash, driving without insurance and driving a car with a revoked registration. A grand jury had indicted him.

A statement from the Wake County District Attorney’s office said it had instructed police to file the more serious charge because Shelby Warren Wallace, 71, had died of injuries from the crash.

Wallace and Marvin Lee Pendergraph, 66, a passenger in Wallace’s 2011 Ford Focus, were hurt when a 1999 Porsche that Howell was driving hit the back of it, police said after the crash.

The 4 a.m. crash closed eastbound I-440 for about four hours.

Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cruden wrote that the indictment against Howell would be dismissed and that the $150,000 bail set in the case should not change.

Howell was scheduled to be in court Wednesday on the new felony charge.

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