A Knightdale man will face several charges in the death of a motorist in a two-vehicle collision near Zebulon on U.S. 64 Monday morning, the NC Highway Patrol reported.
Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Jeff Gordon said Erik Christian Hicks, 42, of Knightdale was charged with texting while driving and failure to wear a seatbelt. Troopers will be conferring with the Wake County District Attorney's Office in the coming days to determine if additional charges are warranted in this case, Gordon said.
According to investigators, a 2008 Pontiac van traveling west on U.S. 64 was stopped on the side of the road near Debnam Road to switch drivers. As it was pulling back onto U.S. 64, it was struck from behind by a 2002 GMC Envoy driven by Hicks. The van was forced off the right side of the highway and overturned in the woods.
The driver of the van, Judy Marie Claybourne, 53, of Zebulon, was pronounced dead at the scene, Gordon said. There were two passengers in the vehicle. A WakeMed spokeswoman said Tuesday that Claybourne’s husband, Darryl Claybourne, had been treated and released; her 16-year-old daughter, Ameerah Godwin, on Wednesday was listed in fair condition.
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Hicks was taken to WakeMed with non-life threatening injuries, Gordon said.
Troopers responded to the accident at about 6 a.m.