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Raleigh woman, 29, charged in fatal wreck

Posted January 30, 2013

— A 21-year-old Nash County woman died early Wednesday when the Pontiac SUV she was riding in crashed in northeast Raleigh, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.

The SUV's driver, Lydia Marie Mills, 29, is charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, driving without a license or registration and failure to maintain lane control.

Amanda Brooke Massengill, of 15906 Old Smithfield Road in Bailey, died in the wreck.

Investigators said Mills, of 4104 Labrador Dr., was driving home from a nearby gathering around 2:30 a.m. when she lost control of the SUV near her home, went off the right side of the road, hit a tree and spun around before coming to rest in a ditch.

"Our indications, at this point, are that there was some alcohol involved and, of course, a little too much speed in the curve," 1st Sgt. Kenneth Cooke said.

Mills was taken to WakeMed following the wreck and then transported to the Wake County jail.

Earlier Tuesday evening, Wake County deputies cited Mills for misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, Wake County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens said. She said the assault and wreck were not related.

Mills was expected to make her first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.


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  • andrewthomasregan Feb 8, 2013

    Because the suspect is a woman, everyone is talking about getting her help and not to judge her. If it had been a male suspect that killed while being drunk, the same posters would be writing about him being arrogant, mean and uncaring to do this thing.

    Being a woman is a big, big plus but I don't see any feminist complaining.

  • Sweetgrl3 Feb 1, 2013

    But it is ok to stab someone?

  • cmc9483 Jan 31, 2013

    This goes out to Sweetgrl3 and some others... I knew the girl personally since I was 16 I am now 29.. What do you mean "STAY AWAY FROM HER SHE IS TROUBLE" . Do you know her? Have you talked to her, have you seen how she is with her daughter.. Nope probally not. She is loving caring person and friend who made a terrible mistake. No one here is to judge her. I am postive half of you in your party years jumped in a car with some friends who had been drinking more than once. Granted nothing happend but what if it had? God is the only one that can give her forgivness and the right path to get better and to get her through this. Not to mention the fact that the girl that passed away was her friend to. I could not imagine having to live with that. But for all of you out there who think that She is a party girl and does this all the time, you are wrong. Don't judge ppl by what the media tells you. They just want to keep you interested so you will keep watching. I hope that she Does find peace

  • eeyorerogers Jan 31, 2013

    Unbelievable. I really hate when anyone I care about is on the roads after 10pm... nothing good happens! Nothing but drunks and ding dings on the roads and at house parties.

  • bubbba Jan 31, 2013

    Alcoholics may not admit even to themselves that they are alcoholics but they KNOW they are going to drink therefore they should know they need a ride home before they even start as should anyone else.
    January 31, 2013 9:46 a.m.
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    Alcholics have no control over drinking without rehabilitation.
    They certainly have no control once they start. I agree she needs punishment, but she also needs help. No one wakes up wanting to have a drinking problem and no one drinks thinking the drive home will kill someone. Give this woman some help and let her live with the permant scars she will have for the rest of her life. I lost a brother to a distracted driver years ago. I dont think the driver was planning to run my brother over and kill him. People make terrible mistakes. Life is sometimes hard. We can all learn from this.

  • jjsmith1973 Jan 31, 2013

    People on this site are pretty holy. Some even drove when the b.a.c limit was .15 and an officer drove you home. For the DWI should be murder charges (MADD) people. Why not speeding and distracted driving, driving to fast for conditions be charged the same? They result in the same outcome and there was no impairment to impact the judgement of doing so. BTW for people that can magically know their body BAC on the comment site I bet you still think 1 beer an hour even though alcohol content has almost doubled in some beers. Also last time I checked and people hate to admit. It is legal to drink then drive in the state. The state requires you to guess when you are .07 because that isn't a crime but .08 is a crime. The state also refuses to curve zoning and over serving from establishments by fining them or pulling their license to sell if too many problems because guess who makes money off liquor sales. Oh that is right the state.

  • marciamal1 Jan 31, 2013

    I am so tired of hearing about how people go out partying and do not have any respect for others out on the road- This accident could have been avoided if only she hadn't gotten behind the darn wheel. Yes, I agree- she partied but, now it's going to be a hard price to pay for - she has to live the rest of her life knowing that just drinking down a few drinks and getting behind the wheel killed someone - They need stiffer laws on alcoholism/driving. My thoughts and prayers go out to the 21 year old's family.

  • Sweetgrl3 Jan 31, 2013

    She partied hard and now it ends. Hopefully. Sounds like she was trouble and never learned her lesson from the first time. Her child should be her only concern not her partying. She needs to grow up. hopefully this is a reality check and I hate to say that when she killed someone. I pray for the family of the young girl who she killed. Stay away from this girl... she is trouble.

  • Brian Jenkins Jan 31, 2013

    Saying "her life wasn't a box of joy" (so what?) IS making excuses for her.
    January 31, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    Who cares if a single mom has a drink? Get over yourself. That was my point. Yuo are a Romney lib arent you? You people are slow.

  • Terkel Jan 31, 2013

    Saying "her life wasn't a box of joy" (so what?) IS making excuses for her.