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At-fault driver in fatal US 64 wreck had pending drug, speeding charges

Posted May 27, 2013

— A 22-year-old Raleigh woman who plowed head-on into a pickup truck on U.S. Highway 64 near Knightdale Sunday night was facing drug possession and traffic-related charges, according to court documents.

Megan Yvonne Williams drove off westbound U.S. 64 near Interstate 540 and onto the median just after 10 p.m., according to the state Highway Patrol. Her 2004 Mazda continued across the median into the eastbound lanes of the highway, colliding with a 2002 Cadillac pickup truck. 

Williams and her passenger, 25-year-old Brooke Byrnes, of Norristown, Pa., were killed.

It wasn't clear why Williams lost control of the Mazda, but authorities say it's likely that she was traveling at least 80 mph when she struck the truck.

Williams' criminal record includes convictions in September 2010 for drug possession and alcohol possession by a minor. She was placed on probation and then arrested a month later for violating that probation.

US 64 wreck Driver who caused fatal wreck near Knightdale had pending traffic charges

Earlier this month, she was charged with drug possession. Court records also show she was due in court in July on charges of speeding and driving without a license. 

The three occupants of the pickup truck were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 

There was a third car involved in the wreck that side swiped the pickup truck during the collision. No one in that vehicle was injured. 


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  • mrlee34 Jun 6, 2013

    Jimmytwotimes.....isn't that the truth. WRAL moderators and writers obviously have no respect for the dead.

  • mrlee34 Jun 6, 2013

    So sad that these two ladies died....what a beautiful lady she was too.

  • jewgrrl Jun 5, 2013

    Why are people commenting that she needs to be locked away? Did you miss the part where it says that she died? Jeeeeez

  • dwr1964 Jun 5, 2013

    Needs a really long damp jail cell. Like for the rest of her live.

    Really? I mean really? The lack of intelligence in some people never ceases to amaze me.

  • zenonx6 Jun 3, 2013

    High times will land you in deep hockey.

  • zenonx6 Jun 3, 2013

    Young people !!! Alcohol and drugs and too good of a time is not the all to be all of the world. This poor girl has ruined her life for a few hours of so called fun.. Take heed the example of people who have already ruined their life.

  • bubbaredneck May 28, 2013

    Another failure of the justice system. When will they learn?

  • Z Man May 28, 2013

    Tragic. So much life ahead for both of them.

  • Working 9-5 May 28, 2013

    another person on probation and she died and so did someone else.

  • Brian Jenkins May 28, 2013

    why wasn't she in jail?! People like that don't stop until they kill themselves or someone else!
    May 28, 2013 8:21 a.m.
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    You mean laws dont work? I always thought as soon as something was made illegal people stopped doing them. LOL