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$100K bond for driver in crash that killed NCCU student

Posted April 9
Updated April 10

— A 25-year-old woman was charged Monday after a North Carolina Central University freshman died following a two-car crash Sunday night in Durham.

Police said the crash occurred in the 1100 block of East Geer Street just after 9:30 p.m. when Natasha Lynn Taylor, of Durham, crossed the double yellow line into oncoming traffic and struck a westbound car driven by 18-year-old Quillon Rendleman, of Charlotte.

In court on Monday, police said Taylor was driving drunk. She was held on $100,000 bond.

"Given the charge, it's very serious, and what happened is very serious," Taylor's attorney, Bill Breeze said, adding that his client believed the high bond was fair.

Myiah Andrews, 18, of Greenville, was a passenger in Rendleman's car and was killed in the wreck. Andrews was a freshman at North Carolina Central University.

Rendleman, Taylor and two other passengers in Rendlemen’s vehicle – Jeremiah Phronebarger and Celi Smith, who are also students at NCCU – were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Taylor was charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired and failing to maintain lane control. She was placed in Durham County Jail under a $250,000 bond.

East Gear Street was closed from Cheek Road to Essex Road for four hours on Sunday while authorities investigated the crash. The road had reopened Monday morning.

Interim NCCU Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye released a statement Monday morning about Andrews' death, saying she was a pre-nursing major who was active in the campus chapter of National Council of Negro Women. Andrews was a 2016 graduate of South Central High School in Winterville, Akinleye said.

Myiah Andrews

"I would ask that you keep Ms. Andrews family, friends and classmates in your thoughts and prayers during their time of grief. The sudden passing of a promising young person who was just beginning her journey is indeed heartbreaking and causes us to lean on one another for strength as members of a unified Eagle family," Akinleye said.

"Three other NCCU students who were in the same vehicle as Ms. Andrews — Mr. Jeremiah Phronebarger, Mr. Quillon Rendleman and Mr. Celi Smith — were also injured in the accident. One student is still being treated at a nearby hospital."

Akinleye said counselors will be available Monday in the student health building and McLean Residence Hall.


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  • Eric Rothman Apr 11, 9:05 a.m.
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    I am usually a caring and compassionate person. I have no sympathy for someone that took such a young beautiful life for no reason other then they just had to get behind the wheel after drinking.

  • Eric Rothman Apr 11, 9:04 a.m.
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    Made this drunk driving POS rot in hell

  • Megan Goodson Apr 11, 8:44 a.m.
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    You're right, I should have more compassion. I do feel for the family of the girl who was killed. She was a beautiful life that was snuffed out far too soon and my condolences go out to the family that this happened too.

    I made the comment BEFORE any thing else of the story was even posted. All it said was there was an accident in Durham. There is a speeding problem in this city. Regardless of who brings it up, people living here should be concerned. And it bothered me that were was possibly yet ANOTHER accident caused by an inconsiderate speeder. I don't DISLIKE the police, in fact I respect them, I just wish they would have more of a presence so that driving in Durham is safer. Is that too much to ask!?

    However, insulting and harassing someone isn't anyway to solve a misunderstanding either. I admit that I jumped to hasty conclusions about a story. And I shouldn't have done so. Now calm down and focus on the story and less about roasting me.

  • Steve Morgan Apr 10, 8:56 p.m.
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    You're joking right? did you even read the story? The drunk driver crossed the center line and hit an on coming car. The person in the on coming car was killed. It does not matter if that car was speeding or not. It was the drunk driver that crossed the center line. The victim was in the other car that got hit.

  • Susan Whitlow Apr 10, 6:34 p.m.
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    @Megan Goodson what is WRONG with you?? Pre-judge much? You are a hateful person, in the future you should wait for more facts before passing judgement as now you look like a bitter, cold, insensitive fool.

  • Fred Neopolitano Apr 10, 6:25 p.m.
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    Prayers for the victim's family, and justice for the drunk driver.

  • Janet Ghumri Apr 10, 5:09 p.m.
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    Wow, Megan.
    The last time I checked the death penalty wasn't applicable to passengers in a speeding car.
    While your concern for the safety of the blatant law breakers is heartwarming, we can only imagine how much it effects your ability to drive, with those tears in your eyes.
    The lovely young lady who lost her life wasn't responsible for any possible infractions of the law. Her life was stolen from her to pay a bar tab. That is the real crime.

  • Michael Sullivan Apr 10, 2:10 p.m.
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    I look into the smiling face of the young woman killed and feel absolutely sick. What a waste, what a senseless waste.

  • Jj Parker Apr 10, 12:42 p.m.
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    Stop trolling Megan

  • Anita Gibson Apr 10, 12:23 p.m.
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    Go look at the murdering drunks FB page. She's disgusting. Maybe she should put down the alcohol and be that stay at home mommy she claimed to love being.