A chain-reaction collision involving cars at an earlier accident on westbound Interstate 540 near Leesville Road on Monday evening killed a Pittsboro woman and resulted in charges against a Raleigh woman, the State Highway Patrol said.
Troopers said Dolores Wakefield died after her stopped car was hit from behind by another car and pushed into a van in front of her.
Brittaney Lowe-McGregor, who troopers said lives in Raleigh, was driving the car that hit Wakefield’s, the highway patrol reported. She was taken to WakeMed Raleigh hospital with serious injuries, but also was cited for misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to reduce speed, a highway patrol spokesman, Sgt. Michael Baker, said.
The van was stopped because of traffic backed up by an earlier crash in the same area, Baker said.