CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A motorist was charged with second-degree murder after a crash on Interstate 485 in Charlotte last week killed five people, including four members of one family, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.
Dakeia Quavontae Charles, 24, is facing additional charges stemming from the crash last Friday, including driving while impaired, driving while license revoked because of an impairment-related revocation and speeding, according to news outlets citing the patrol.
State troopers said the car Charles was driving hit a box truck on July 3, sending it out of control, through the median and into oncoming traffic. The truck hit a car carrying four family members from Belmont. They were identified as Matthew and Andrea Obester and their daughters, 7-year-old Violet and 12-year-old Elizabeth. The fifth victim was a driver from Indian Trail in another car.
The patrol said Charles was driving at more than 100 mph (160 km/h) when the accident occurred. Troopers arrested him Thursday after he was released from the hospital for treatment of injuries from the wreck.
In addition, the patrol charged another motorist after a trooper trying to shut down I-485 to investigate the crash the next day was hit by a car. Troy Edmiston, 57, of Troutman, was arrested Thursday on a felony charge of failure to move over, causing serious injury or death, according to jail records. He is free on $250,000 bail, records show. It’s not known if he has an attorney.
Trooper Adolfo Lopez-Alcedo was hospitalized in critical condition, the patrol said.