WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – A Castle Hayne man is accused of driving while impaired and causing a fatal wreck in New Hanover County over the weekend.
According to the State Highway Patrol, Ernest Eddins III, 20, was traveling east at a high rate of speed on Gordon Road in a Toyota Tacoma shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday.
“The Tacoma began to pass a Mazda SUV heading in the same direction in a no passing zone and struck a Subaru SUV, driven by James Harrelson of Wilmington, head on that was traveling in the opposite direction,” the State Highway Patrol stated in a news release. “The Mazda then struck the Subaru.”
Linda Harrelson, a passenger in the Subaru, died at the scene.
Officials say four passengers, including three children, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Eddins has been charged with DWI, felony death by motor vehicle, felony serious injury by vehicle, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, driving with a revoked license, and possession of a controlled substance in jail.
The Highway Patrol says more charges are pending.
Eddins was booked into the New Hanover County Jail under a $1 million bond.
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