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North Carolina man faces DWI charges after fatal Highway 213 crash

Law enforcement continues to investigate a fatal car accident that occurred on Highway 213 in Marshall, North Carolina September 13. However, police believe that a 41-year-old man was driving while impaired when the accident occurred.

A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper claims in court documents filed November 9 that the man smelled of alcohol after the fatal crash. The trooper also claims that the surviving driver of the accident had blood shot eyes and was slurring his speech after sustaining injuries in the wreck.

Police say that the man was driving a Ford Mustang on Highway 213 that collided with a Ford Escort at the intersection between the highway and Silver Mill Road. The Mustang collided with the Escort as a woman pulled into the intersection from Silver Mill, according to the Citizen-Times.

The 30-year-old woman driving the Escort was killed in the accident. The man driving the Mustang and his 26-year-old passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the wreck and were taken to an area hospital. Police believe the speed of the Mustang may have contributed to the cause of the crash.

Law enforcement says that the man driving the Mustang refused to submit to a chemical test. Agents from the North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement reportedly visited an establishment in Marshall where authorities believe the man driving the Mustang had been before the fatal crash, although details about that investigation are sketchy, according to the Citizen-Times.

Authorities say that testing is being conducted on blood work related to the investigation. Additional charges may be filed pending the outcome of that analysis. Law enforcement continues to investigate other aspects of the crash.

Source: Citizen-Times, "Lunsford faces DWI charge," Melissa Dean, Nov. 26, 2012

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