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Driver charged in death of 7-year-old

Posted January 21, 2010

— A 22-year-old man has been charged with driving while impaired in the wreck that killed a 7-year-old Linden boy Sunday night.

James David Carter II, of Crocket Raynor Road in Linden, was also charged with felony death by motor vehicle in the death of Nathan Brett Thames.

State troopers said that Carter lost control of an SUV when it ran off the right side of Palestine Road, at Short Ridge Road, north of Fayetteville, shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday. The SUV rolled over multiple times.

Nathan died at the scene, and Carter was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Speed was also a factor in the wreck, and Nathan was wearing a seat belt but was not in a child safety seat, troopers said.

Carter is the boyfriend of Nathan's mother, troopers said.

Nathan is survived by his parents, three sisters, two bothers and paternal grandmother, according to his obituary.


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  • working for deadbeats Jan 21, 2010

    Ooops! I meant Irelands legal BAC limit is .00. Glad I caught that one before you did, NC_interest.

  • working for deadbeats Jan 21, 2010

    DWI is condoned and tolerated by society. People WANT to be able to go out and drink and then drive home. We have .08 as a legal limit. Irelands BAC is .00. That should tell you something.

    I made a point about how bad drinking and driving is and you attack me. What did I say that wasn't written in english? Was a sentence not structured perfectly? I forgot we have post police out there. I bet you don't even blame the guy for this childs tragic death.

    DWI laws are a huge joke. I know...I enforce them.

  • 12345_here Jan 21, 2010

    DWI is not condoned or tolerated. That's why there are rules against it.

    Please take some time to learn more about the english language.

  • working for deadbeats Jan 21, 2010

    I wonder when society as a whole will no longer condone DWI. I wonder how man more dead people it will take. It's ok, it will never happen to you!

  • babbleon Jan 21, 2010

    my sympathy to the family.

  • teacher-mom Jan 21, 2010

    Mysympathyto the family and loved ones. That is an awful lot of children. How old is the boy's mom?