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Murder charge filed in wreck that killed motorcyclist

Posted August 16, 2010

— Police on Monday charged a Fayetteville man with murder in a weekend wreck that killed a motorcyclist.

Jason Gregory Taft, 22, of 250 King's Creek Drive, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Felipe Ramirez.

Investigators said Taft was eastbound on Country Club Drive at about 2 a.m. Saturday when he lost control of his pickup truck near the Murchison Road intersection. The pickup crossed the center line and collided head-on with Ramirez' motorcycle. Ramirez, 27, of Fort Bragg, died at the scene.

Excessive speed and alcohol were factors in the wreck, police said.


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  • msandra717 Aug 25, 2010

    I am from NJ and Mr.Ramirez was a very dear and close friend of mine. Reading through all of these posts. It is so horrifying to see that this is so common in the state of NC. I cannot believe people get away with this so often.

  • Vietnam Vet Aug 19, 2010

    It's about time!! Maybe this kind of prosecution will slow down folks DWI...but i doubt it!

  • jrodrigu07 Aug 19, 2010

    "If you are going to charge DWI murder to ONE then ALL should be charge the same."

    You are absolutely right.... hopefully this changes what appears to be an issue with NC leniency and DWIs, now and forward. Killing someone due to negligence (the driving could have been avoided) should be a mandatory/minimal 2nd degree.

  • wildcat Aug 18, 2010

    If you are going to charge DWI murder to ONE then ALL should be charge the same.

  • cbarnett Aug 17, 2010

    It's about time someone was charged with murder in a traffic death involving alcohol.

  • danunger Aug 17, 2010

    To add to my last comment.....you should all send emails to the Governor, Senators and Congressmen and let them know your opinions, their email addresses are available online, I will post them if you like.

  • danunger Aug 17, 2010

    Get caught DWI, lose your priveleges for 10 years, get caught during that time driving, spend the rest of the time in jail. Have an accident while DWI, lose privelege indefinitely. Have a fatal accident DWI, 2nd degree murder. Unless we get serious about this "crime", it will continue to happen. You choose to drink and drive, you accept the consequences. Sorry, I don't do gray areas.

  • Bill of Rights Aug 17, 2010

    Anyone that kills a person as a result of drinking and driving should be prosecuted for second degree murder, regardless of past conviction history. This is a serious crime with life-altering consequences.

  • msandra717 Aug 17, 2010

    Maybe some people use caps so some of you understand the debt of sadness the rest of us are facing. And thank you Diabolical.

  • Diabolical Aug 17, 2010

    Sorry, didn't mean to offend anyone, I thought I read it somewhere, could of been a different story involving another motorcycle accident. Sorry for your loss.